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Delhi BJP chief invited to Taiwan for infra projects, party calls it a political move

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Posted: September 3, 2014 10:22 am

A delegation of representatives of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre of Taiwan Embassy counterpart of India, led by C K Tayin, met Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay on behalf of the ruling party of Taiwan and invited the BJP to visit their country. A delegation of the Delhi BJP unit is expected to visit Taiwan in November.

“On behalf of the government of Taiwan, Tayin invited a delegation of Delhi BJP to visit Taiwan,” a statement issued by the party said. As both the leaders discussed cultural and political similarities between Taiwan and India, senior leaders in the party believe that this was an attempt by Taiwan to warm up to India’s politically.

“They may have invited the Delhi BJP chief to witness sanitation system and infrastructure, but the underlying theme of the meeting was political. They also discussed PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Taiwan in 1999,” a senior party leader said.

“Tayin told Upadhyay that it was a matter of pleasure when in 1999, the BJP-led government was formed in India and Narendra Modi visited Taiwan leading a high-level delegation of the BJP. Now, after formation of his government this year, the Taiwan government has established a steel plant at the cost of Rs 120 crore in Gujarat. Besides this, the Taiwan government has approved heavy investment in various states in India.

Tayin told Upadhyay that the projects on IT and communication between the capital of Taiwan and Delhi could be taken up,” the statement issued by the Delhi unit chief said.

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