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On the Interview of the Taiwanese Foreign Minister to Indian TV

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26.10.2020

For a number of reasons, the video interview given by Joseph Wu, the Taiwanese minister of foreign affairs, on October 16 to a correspondent for the Indian television company India Today is a landmark event. First of all, there is the mere fact that it took place, since one year ago this would have hardly been possible.

And not because some government “authority” in India would have advised the TV company not to do so. It’s just that the company management would most likely never even have thought about asking for this kind of “permission”. Of all people, certainly the attending participants in all aspects of how a modern state functions, are perfectly familiar with the categories of “political environments”, and in what state they are in at any given moment, or in various particular foreign policy clusters.

And a year ago, this “environment” in the area of relations with China that is the most important for India still remained (to a certain extent) under the positive influence of the “spirit of Wuhan”. Which would then be directly at odds with the very fact of any conversation occurring between a correspondent from an Indian television company (albeit a privately-run one) with one of the highest officials from the state of “Taiwan”, which does not even exist in the eyes of Beijing.

Since this happened now, then this is a sure sign that the abovementioned “spirit” has completely disappeared, the “environment” has radically changed, and management at India Today can now ignore the “subtle foreign policy sensibilities” of its colossal neighbor.

It should be noted, however, that many different signs of the beginning of another period of deterioration for Sino-Indian relations began to appear almost immediately after the “informal summit” held in April 2018 in Wuhan, where leaders from both countries........

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