After Israel, Taiwan is now reportedly planning to hire 1 lakh Indian workers.
India is reportedly in advanced discussions with Taiwan to send up to 100,000 Indian workers to the island nation, including in sectors such as factories, farms and hospitals, as reported by The Economic Times.
This comes after media reports that the Israeli construction industry has recently requested permission from the government to hire up to 100,000 Indian workers.
These workers would replace the 90,000 Palestinian labourers whose work permits were cancelled due to the ongoing conflict after Hamas terror attack on 7 October that resulted in death of over 1,400 people.
The India-Taiwan employment mobility agreement is anticipated to be signed by December, aiming to address Taiwan's labour shortage due to an aging population and India's need to provide jobs for its growing workforce.
While the deal doesn't indicate a shift from India's "One China Policy", it is likely to escalate geopolitical tensions as China strongly opposes any official exchange with Taiwan, which it considers a part of its territory.
India, in recent years, has fostered an active unofficial relationship with Taiwan.
The negotiation is in its final stages, according to Arindam Bagchi, spokesperson for India’s Ministry of External Affairs.
Taiwan's Ministry of Labour didn't specifically comment on the India deal but expressed a general welcome for cooperation with countries supplying workers.
The potential pact is part of India's strategy to secure employment agreements with developed nations facing aging workforces.
India has already signed agreements with countries like Japan, France and the UK and is in discussions with others, including the Netherlands, Greece, Denmark and Switzerland.
This development follows heightened tensions between India and China since a border clash in 2020.
The move could further strain relations, considering China's strong objections to any official exchanges between nations and Taiwan.
Nayan Dwivedi is Staff Writer at Swarajya.
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