India's stance on China-Taiwan relations
Former Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Naravane

India's stance on China-Taiwan relations

India's response to China's new map and tensions over Taiwan visit

India's Response to China's Map

Former Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Naravane (retd) shared a map of China on his social media, highlighting concerns over Beijing's recent "standard map of China" that claimed Taiwan, the South China Sea, Arunachal Pradesh, and Aksai Chin as Chinese territories. India, along with several ASEAN member countries, criticized this move.

In August, General Naravane and other former service chiefs visited Taiwan, a region that China considers its own territory. This visit raised questions about India's stance on Chinese aggression against Taiwan, as India does not have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan. China expressed its strong opposition to such visits.

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Geopolitical Tensions

The border dispute in eastern Ladakh has strained relations between India and China since 2020. While India follows the "One China policy" and does not formally recognize Taiwan, tensions persist along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). India emphasizes the importance of peace and tranquility along the LAC for overall relations to normalize.

China defended its release of the 2023 "standard map," stating it is a routine practice following its laws. China urged India to remain objective and avoid over-interpreting the issue. The map's claims have sparked diplomatic protests from India and concerns among neighboring countries.

China's territorial claims and military posturing in the South China Sea and around Taiwan have raised international concerns. India's visit to Taiwan and its response to the "standard map" issue reflect its evolving approach to regional geopolitics.

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