Taiwan wants ties with India

Taiwan look up to strengthen ties with India’s new government, including more official visits, a top official of the self-ruled island said on Wednesday.

After India’s general election results on May 23, the two countries will strengthen trade and cultural ties, Chung Kwang Tien, the representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India, told Reuters.

The center in the Indian capital operates as a de facto embassy, helping Indian and Taiwanese companies to expand business ties.

That policy could further test New Delhi’s relationship with Beijing, which protested against the 2017 visit of a three-member Taiwan parliamentary delegation to India.

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Taiwan was ranked as the 17th richest country in the world by Global Finance Magazine based on per capita income and adjusted for purchasing power.

In its latest report on relative levels of wealth and poverty released on April 22 titled “The World’s Richest and Poorest Countries 2019,” Global Finance listed Taiwan in 17th place out of 191 countries.

The top spot on the list was taken by Qatar, ahead of Macau (2), Luxembourg (3), Singapore, (4), Brunei (5), Ireland (6), Norway (7), United Arab Emirates (8), Kuwait (9), and Hong Kong (10), rounding out the top ten. Also finishing ahead of Taiwan were Switzerland (11), the U.S. (12), San Marino (13), the Netherlands (14), Saudi Arabia (15), and Iceland (16).

President Xi said on Wednesday that China reserves the right to use force to bring Taiwan under its control but will strive to achieve peaceful “reunification” with the island.

In response, Tsai has said the island would not accept a “one country, two systems” political arrangement with China, while stressing all cross-strait negotiations needed to be carried out on a government-to-government basis.

Tsai on Saturday also urged China to have a “correct understanding” of what Taiwanese think and said actions such as political bullying were unhelpful in cross-strait relations.

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