While Sino-Indian tensions persist, Indians praise Taiwan

Indians reportedly gathered at New Taipei City before taking the motorcade of 50 cars and motorcycles to the north-eastern county of Yilan and back

While Sino-Indian tensions persist, Indians praise Taiwan

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 13

At a time when China has opened fronts against Taiwan and India, Indians for the first time came on the streets of Taipei to thank the country for its success in containing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indians reportedly gathered at a park in New Taipei City before taking the motorcade of some 50 cars and motorcycles to the northeastern county of Yilan and back, a total distance of around 120 km.

The participants wore matching T-shirts that read “Taiwan Can Help” and flags that read “Health for All, Taiwan Can Help” and “Thank You Taiwan”. The rally by Indians in Taipei and their thanking Taiwan for combating the pandemic holds a deep significance in global politics.

The event also had Independence-minded Taiwan government’s indirect blessings. It nudged companies into sponsoring the rally and the chief local bureaucrat attended the opening ceremony.  

The event’s main organiser, 38-year-old Manoj Kriplani, reportedly said the motor rally was attended and supported by various Indian community groups in Taiwan.

Under Chinese pressure, India, along with most countries of the world, did not give diplomatic recognition to Taiwan. And any such move irks Beijing.

Also, there is a clash of views on the question of health.

China managed to eject Taiwan from its observer status at the WHO’s annual meeting. It is today vigorously resisting a demand by 60 countries to seek its re-inclusion after it emerged that Taiwan was among the first to raise the flag on the epidemic in Wuhan but was ignored because of its pariah status.  

One of the participants was a 40-year resident of Taiwan, Harkishin Chablani, president of the Indian’s Association of Taipei, who said the event was also dedicated to thanking the country’s health workers.

Another participant, Rajan Khera, president of the Indian Cultural Committee of Taipei, said Taiwan deserved to be thanked because the country did not just help its citizens but people all over the world who need help.

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