Indian envoy praises ties with Taiwan on India Republic Day

01/23/2020 02:46 PM
Sridharan Madhusudhanan, director general of the India-Taipei Association
Sridharan Madhusudhanan, director general of the India-Taipei Association

Taipei, Jan. 23 (CNA) India's top envoy to Taiwan lauded the relationship between the two countries Wednesday at a reception in Taipei in celebration of India's 71st Republic Day.

The reception, hosted by the India-Taipei Association, began with four Indian students in Taiwan dancing to "Jai Ho," an Oscar-winning song from the hit movie "Slumdog Millionaire."

Sridharan Madhusudhanan, director general of the association, said he has noticed three positive trends in India-Taiwan relations, namely logical strengthening, organic expansion and newer possibilities.

"In almost all the fields of engagement, from infrastructure projects to electronics, from automobile tires to sports shoes, from technical textile to food products, from academic exchanges to cultural interactions, we see continued growth with increased momentum," Madhusudhanan said.

The number of Indian students in Taiwan has increased threefold over the past couple of years, while people in both countries are also exploring new possibilities for cooperation in areas such as start-ups and renewable energy, he said.

Also speaking at the event, Taiwan Vice Foreign Minister Miguel Li-jey Tsao (曹立傑) said trade, investment and tourism between the two countries have increased greatly over the past few years.

Bilateral trade in 2018 reached US$750 million, six times more than in 2000, Tsao said, adding that the two countries will sign more memorandums of understanding this year on cooperation in the fields of social sciences and technological development.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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