Taiwan’s foreign minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu and the Director-General of India-Taipei Association (India’s de facto envoy) Gourangalal Das shared the stage on a Taiwan government-sponsored mega Diwali event on Friday.
Around 200 people attended the event strictly held with COVID-19 guidelines, with the participation of many Indians, MPs of Taiwan parliament, Yuan, and members of the diplomatic corps.
Taiwan Foreign minister speaking at the event said, “Diwali is a festival that represents many things, including the triumph of light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. In these difficult times, we take inspiration from Diwali as we work to combat the pandemic and return life to normal.”
The Diwali celebrations took place at the historical Taipei Guest House which is used as a state guest house to receive state guests. The more than 100-year-old building is owned by the Taiwanese govt and administered by its foreign ministry.
“Diwali has acquired a global following, and it is celebrated not only by millions of Indians abroad but by millions of their friends in the adopted home. I am happy to see such a vibrant and dynamic Indian community in Taiwan, proudly displaying this glorious inheritance of our,” Director-General of India-Taipei Association said.
The director-general appreciated the event being held at Taipei Guest House saying, “by opening it..they have not only opened their doors but also hearts to India and Indians”
Present at the celebration was Deputy Taiwan FM Tien Chung Kwang who used to be Amb. of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India and was stationed in India for 7 years. Another notable person at the celebration was Legislator Yu-Chin Wu who is the Chairperson of the Taiwan-India Parliamentary Friendship Association of the Legislative Yuan.
Foreign Minister Wu lauded the role of 2 people Jeffery Wu, a Taiwanese national who has contributed to promoting Indian culture and Priya Lalwani Purswaney who was the first Indian woman to start her own business in Taiwan. They played a key role in Diwali celebrations.
Recently engagement between India and Taiwan has increased in terms of societal interaction. On Taiwan National Day, strong support was seen in India, angering the Chinese Embassy.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has been tweeting about Indian dishes saying her favorite food is Chana Masala and Naan. She has also been recalling her India visit, terming it as “memories of a vibrant, diverse & colorful country.”
The close engagement comes even as China has been aggressive with both India and Taiwan. With India, the Line of Actual Control row has been the worst Chinese build-up while with Taiwan, Chinese jets have been breaching the Taiwan strait median line that separates Taiwan from China.