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Taiwan seeks mutually beneficial ties with India

New Delhi, Feb 13: Taiwan seeks to have mutually beneficial ties with India and wants to take part in flagship initiatives like Smart Cities project and Make in India programme, a visiting Taiwanese parliamentarian said on Monday. “Just as we have mutually beneficial ties with Japan and Chi, why not with India,” Kuan Bi-Ling, who is leading a Taiwanese delegation to India comprising three women parliamentarians and members from the academy, business and computer sectors, told media persons here. The three parliamentarians are all members of the Taiwanese parliament’s Taiwan-India Friendship Association. Kuan asserted that Taiwan was an independent country despite Chi not recognising it under its One Chi policy. “Over the course of facing many obstacles because of the One Chi policy, we have developed relations with other countries,” she stated. “We have a pragmatic approach to developing diplomatic ties with other countries.” Kuan said India and Taiwan should have substantive ties in terms of economy, politics and tiol security. “Taiwan and India should engage in more partnerships. Taiwan attaches great importance to its allies,” she said. She said that during the course of their visit, the delegation members would try to explain to Indian parliamentarians Taiwan’s new foreign policy called New Southbound Policy.  (IANS)

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