Diplomatic Correspondent

India adheres to One China policy: envoy

Wants New Delhi to honour commitments`Taiwan independence' forces a threat to entire regionBeijing would like to see India-U.S. ties improve

NEW DELHI: China hoped on Thursday that India would not send "any wrong" signal to Taiwanese "independence" forces and honour its commitments on the Taiwan question, Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Yuxi said in a statement.

"Since the establishment of our diplomatic ties, the Indian Government has always adhered to the One China policy and never changed its position. The Chinese side appreciates it. We hold that India is an important member state in Asia and a major rising country in the developing world," Mr. Sun said.

India, he said, had a tradition of maintaining an independent foreign policy and shouldered important responsibilities for world and regional peace and, stability.

New Delhi remained committed to the policy of "One China" in the long-term and contributed to greater peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits and the Asia-Pacific region as a whole, Mr. Sun said.

"The `Taiwan independence' forces are moving against the tide of history and undermine the fundamental interests of all countries in the region, including India. We believe that India would honour its commitments on the Taiwan question, and refrain from sending any wrong signal to the `Taiwan independence' forces ... India, as a major country in Asia ... [should] continuously play a positive role in maintaining regional peace and promoting common development," he said.

In response to questions, Mr. Sun told presspersons that China was happy that India and the United States had signed a civil nuclear agreement on July 18, 2005. China, he said, fully understood India's energy needs as a rising country.

The envoy said that China would like to see India have better relations with Washington, just as Beijing was working towards developing improved relations with the United States. On China's stand about India joining the Nuclear Suppliers' Group (NSG), the cartel that controls the supply of critical dual-use technologies, Mr. Sun said that no decision had been taken.