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China has lodged a diplomatic protest with India over a visit by a parliamentary delegation from self-ruled Taiwan, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
BEIJING: China has lodged a diplomatic protest with India over a visit by a parliamentary delegation from self-ruled Taiwan, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
Three Taiwanese parliamentarians, led by ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Kuan Bi-ling, began their visit to New Delhi on Monday.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular press briefing in Beijing that China had lodged “solemn representations” with the Indian government over the issue.
“We have always been resolutely opposed to any country with diplomatic relations with China having any form of official exchanges, or establishment of any official institutions, with Taiwan. This position is consistent and clear cut. “
India’s ministry of external affairs said the visit was informal.
“Such informal groups have visited India in the past as well for business, religious and tourist purposes.

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