It seems more and more obvious that Chinese expansionism has brought most of its neighbours close to one another. A few days back social media was abuzz with pictures of Hong Kong protesters holding the Indian National Flag as a mark of defiance to the the People’s Republic of China(PRC). A few months back a leading Taiwanese newspaper carried an advertisement showing Lord Ram aiming at a dragon with his bow and arrow, ready to slay it.
Now it is India’s turn to return the courtesy to China’s adversaries as Indian people enthusiastically observe Taiwan’s national day which is October 10(today). Twitter is abuzz with ‘Taiwan national day’, which is trending in India, usually Indians would not even be aware about Taiwan’s national day.
BJP’s young leader Tejinder Pal Singh Bagga put up hoardings right in front of the PRC’s is Embassy in New Delhi congratulating Taiwan on its national day. Bagga’s act was in defence of China Embassy warning Indian media on Friday not to give coverage to Taiwan’s National Day as the PRC claims it as it’s territory.
Bagga’s act did not go unnoticed in Taiwan, Taiwanese MP Wang Tingyu appreciated the supportive gesture as he tweeted ” Thank you to our Indian friends for the kind wishes! The people of Taiwan admire your spirit, your fearlessness and your determination to stand up for what is right”.
Tingyu also uploaded pictures of Taiwanese citizens holding Pamphlets that read “10 October, double ten day! Thank you Tejinder Pal Singh Bagga”.
Security analyst Brahma Chellaney underlined Taiwan’s importance in the maintenance of regional balance of power in Asia as he tweeted “On Taiwan’s National day let’s remember that this small, vibrant democracy plays an important role in the defence of India, Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines etc because it’s very existence ties up a sizable portion of China’s armed forces, Taiwan thus is central to Asian security.”