China Tries to Censor Indian Newspapers over Taiwan Ad

China Tries to Censor Indian Newspapers over Taiwan Ad

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.

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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

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