India on Friday (12 August) expressed concern on the tensions between China and Taiwan over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's recent visit to the island nation.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in a statement said that it was opposed to any change in status quo over Taiwan and did not explicitly refer to 'One China' policy, as was done by many countries including G7 nations in their statements.
"Like many other countries, India too is concerned at recent developments. We urge the exercise of restraint, avoidance of unilateral actions to change the status quo, de-escalation of tensions and efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region," MEA spokersperson Arindam Bagchi said while addressing a weekly press briefing.
"India's relevant policies are well known and consistent. They do not require reiteration," he added.
On the question of China placing technical hold on UNSC designation of Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist Abdul Rauf Asgar, the MEA spokesperson said that Asgar was "actively involved in terrorist attacks, such as hijacking of Indian Airlines IC 814 in 1998, as well as the terror attacks on the Indian Parliament in 2001, and the terror attacks at the Indian army camp in Kathua in 2014, as well as the Pathankot IAF base attack in 2016".
"He has been proscribed under both Indian and US laws already. And therefore, the placing of this technical hold against such wanted terrorist is most uncalled for," he added.
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