Taiwan’s government on Wednesday placed advertisements in leading Indian newspapers to mark the democratic island’s upcoming National Day on October 10.
China, which claims the island, responded by issuing a threatening letter to the Indian press on Wednesday night discouraging them from referring to Taiwan as a “country” or “nation” independent of Beijing.
Taiwan operates as a sovereign state with its own democratic government and military. Beijing regards the island as a renegade province and has vowed to reunify Taiwan with China by force, if necessary.
Taipei’s National Day advertisement on Wednesday saluted India, the world’s largest democracy, as a natural ally of Taiwan. It also reportedly featured a photograph of Taiwan’s democratically elected president, Tsai Ing-wen.
Beijing reacted to the advertisements within hours, ordering its Indian embassy to email a letter to “journalists in India, including Reuters,” on Wednesday night, the international news agency reported.
“Regarding the so-called forthcoming ‘National