India considers Taiwan trade talks as both spar with China

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (C) gestures during the National Day in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei, Taiwan, on Oct 10, 2020. (AFP photo)

Support is growing within India’s government to formally start talks on a trade deal with Taiwan as both democracies see relations with China deteriorate.

Taiwan has sought trade talks with India for several years, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has been reluctant to move ahead because it would involve a messy fight with China once any pact is registered at the World Trade Organization, according to a senior Indian government official who asked not be named, citing rules for speaking with the media.

Yet over the past few months the hawks in India who want to start trade talks are getting the upper hand, the official said. A trade deal…

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