Suraj wrote:It's a different country from the People's Republic of China, just as Pakistan and Bangladesh are different countries from India.
Name one major country which recognize Taiwan is a country. Not even India. I guess you can vote a government that will next time.
It's still a country with its own independent government, currency, foreign affairs and defence. Unlike Tibet, it is not even a government in exile because it is not hosted by another country - they run their territory.
Furthermore, your contention is not quite accurate: India does not recognize the ROC's claim over the mainland. It de-recognized ROC and instead recognizes PRC as the sole 'China'. However, it also recognizes Taiwan
as a separate de facto nation of its own (without recognizing its claim to the mainland) - there exists both a Taiwan embassy in New Delhi as well as a consulate in Bombay, and an Indian consular office in Taipei.
Taiwan Embassy in India
N-88, Panchsheel Park
Taiwan General Consulate in Mumbai, India
9th Floor, Hoechst House, 193 Backbay Reclamation
Indian Representative Office in Taipei, Taiwan
Room 2010, 333 Keelung Road., Sec. 1
You want to belabor the point of de facto vs de jure recognition ? By all means, do. It's the only fig leaf you have. Every country that maintains consular relationships with Taiwan essentially mocks China. The only ones who follow a proper One China policy are those who do not maintain any consular ties with Taiwan. Everyone else (including India) just says 'yes, yes, One China onlee' from one side of the mouth, while talking to Taiwan from the other side of the mouth, if you get my drift.
perspective it is not even rhetorical - if I wanted to visit PRC, I get a PRC visa. If I wanted to visit Taiwan, I get a Taiwan visa. Actually, Indians with professional visas or permanent residencies from a bunch of western nations can enter Taiwan visa-free; that applies to me as well.