外文标题：Taiwan vice-president to land in Delhi, China likely to bristle
NEW DELHI: In what is certain to raise hackles in China, India will allow Taiwan vice-president Wu Den-yih a layover at a Delhi airport en route to Rome Saturday morning. Wu will spend several hours in transit at the airport where he is expected to interact with senior government officials as his aircraft is refueled, TOI has learnt.
As it continues to observe a One-China policy, India doesn't have diplomatic relations with Taiwan. This is the first time that a top Taiwan leader will land in Delhi, the political nerve centre of India.
Both sides have worked hard to keep the Delhi transit under wraps until now, keeping in mind its sensitive nature and fearing an immediate reaction from Beijing. As China continues to pin India down over Arunachal Pradesh - refusing to issue regular visas to residents of the state New Delhi describes as an integral part of India - the stopover by Wu here is seen as India getting its own back on Beijing.
It allowed a layover to Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou in April 2012 under similar circumstances but only in Mumbai, a non-political centre. India's decision was then seen as an attempt to enhance engagement with Taipei even at the cost of annoying China.
Top officials here refused to talk about Wu's stopover, merely stating that India and Taiwan have growing economic and cultural ties and that India is not averse to engaging Taiwan. China considers the democratic island nation its own. Wu will be in Delhi en route to Vatican City where he will attend the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II.
It is interesting that the government which takes over next month will face an immediate foreign policy challenge in deciding whether or not to send a youth delegation, comprising members from Arunachal, to China. China is said to have asked India's youth affairs ministry to not include anybody from Arunachal in the delegation.
PKM (New Delhi)
Good message to China. No more Arunachal visa drama now.
arvind chitale (Pune)
China is unnecessarily raising border dispute all the time though we all believe in peace. . Every common man in India like me see China as a hostile country . China has once accepted Mcmahon line as border but Nehru then, had made mistake by challenging China . The time has changed. China must look at the issue with open mind. Afterall we are neighbours let us live in peace.
Gary Ron (Kuala Kangsar)
Google the trade volume between China and Taiwan and you will bve surprised with huge volume and the amount of Taiwanese investment in China. Why is China than against India have relationship or trade with Taiwan. Hypocrites of the first order. Ask China to fly kites.
As long as the CHINESE are supporting militarily Pakistanis with both nuclear&missile technology We should OPENLY COURT both DALAI LAMA&TAIWAN.Let the chinks know it takes two to tango&they cannot dictate unilaterally.
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