Source: The post is based on the article “In boost to ties, Taiwan to set up office in Mumbai” published in The Hindu on 6th July 2023
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Taiwan has announced that it would open its third representative office in India in Mumbai, more than a decade after it last expanded its presence in India.
India and Taiwan do not maintain formal diplomatic ties, as India adheres to the One-China policy.
But in 1995, India and Taiwan established India-Taipei Association (ITA) in Taiwan and Taipei Economic and Cultural Center (TECC) in New Delhi as de-facto Indian and Taiwanese embassies.
In 2012, Taiwan established Taipei Economic and Cultural Centres(TECC) in Chennai to conduct business. In the absence of an embassy, these offices represent Taiwan’s interests in India.
The opening of these offices by Taiwan in India did not create much of a fallout on India-China relations, despite Chinese sensitivities on Taiwan.
This is because India had conveyed to China that the offices would not be official and there would be no government-to-government engagement.