India is considering sending a large number of workers to Taiwan as part of a closer economic relationship between the two nations. Taiwan, dealing with an aging population, requires more workers, while India, with a sizable young population, has a need for jobs. The plan, currently in the final negotiation stages, is expected to be officially signed by December. However, this move may
upset China, which opposes any official exchanges with Taiwan.
The potential agreement could see up to 100,000 Indian workers employed in Taiwanese factories, farms, and hospitals. Taiwan is anticipated to sign an employment mobility agreement with India by December. Taiwan is facing a demographic challenge with an aging population and a shortage of workers. In contrast, India’s economy is not growing rapidly enough to generate sufficient employment opportunities for
its large youth population entering the job market each year.
This initiative, while addressing economic needs, may heighten geopolitical tensions with China. China strongly opposes any official interactions with Taiwan, considering it a part of its territory, even though Taiwan operates as a self-governed island. The looming deal between India and Taiwan has the potential to strain relations further, given the complex geopolitical dynamics in the region. China, India’s neighbor with a Himalayan border and a significant
history of economic ties, is likely to view this move with concern.