Last week, WION aired a special on Taiwan highlighting the country’s economic growth, politics and culture.
The report provided insight into Taiwan, however, China disagreed as its embassy in New Delhi experienced a social media meltdown.
The Chinese Embassy said, “We express our strong opposition to some Indian media which provided a platform for the” Taiwan independence “forces, urge them to adhere to the one-China principle and avoid to send wrong messages to the public “.
It was classical China – a lot of criticism but no names.
There was no mention in the report of “an autonomous island near the South China Sea“, WION simply declared Taiwan and it included an interview with Ambassador Baushuan Ger who is Taiwan’s representative in India.
Clearly, the interview enraged Beijing. This is not the first time that China has targeted WION.
WION previously published a report exposing China’s faulty test kits, which had become a big controversy. The kits were so bad that the Chinese company lost its import license for India. The company responded to WION’s report with a press release.
The same press release from a private company was issued by the Chinese Embassy in India along with screenshots of the show, after WION received a letter in October 2020 after an interview with the Minister of Affairs. Foreign Minister Joseph Wu. China sent WION a five-page rant for a 30-minute interview.
There was the usual stuff – don’t talk about Taiwan, defend the one-China policy and so on. In short, one of the most powerful countries in the world took the time to write five pages of grievances against a foreign broadcaster for doing its job.
This is clearly difficult for party officials in Beijing to understand since every Chinese media outlet has a prefix – “state owned”.
WION has regularly reported on Taiwan and has invited many Taiwanese executives to various shows. WION’s coverage has nothing to do with the Indian government’s position on Taiwan as it is purely based on facts. WION has made numerous reports of the incidents around the Taiwan Strait and of Chinese jets entering the Taiwan air defense zone, although there has been no provocation from Taiwan.
On Monday, Baltic lawmakers met with the Taiwanese president. It was a great moment in the diplomatic history of the island, WION reports on all these incidents. In fact, reports have also been circulated of Beijing’s piracy in the South China Sea and their belligerence along the Real Line of Control (LAC) against India.
It may offend the Communist bigwigs based in China and may ruffle some important feathers, but it’s called independent journalism which is clearly an alien concept to the Chinese government.