India turns Taiwanese travelers from the border after mistaking them for Chinese

The China Post

Two Taiwanese students were denied entry by India border protection officers on Thursday because of the word “China” on their passport.

Tensions have run high between India and China over a border stand-off in the Himalayas.

The two Taiwanese students had intended to travel in India and were trying to enter from Shimla, the capital of the northern India state of Himachal Pradesh.

Customs officers denied them entry permits after seeing “Republic of China” printed on the passport covers and mistaking them for citizens of the People’s Republic of China.

The students sought help from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India, whose officers delivered an official document to India representatives to explain the relations between Taiwan and China.

The Foreign Ministry confirmed later that the students were ultimately granted entry into India.