Why a Taiwanese minister made racial comments about hiring Indian workers

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On Monday, the Taiwan foreign ministry issued an apology for their labour minister’s claim on February 29 that as a consequence of an agreement signed by New Delhi and Taipei to facilitate employment for Indians in the island-nation, jobs would go to residents of India’s northeastern states. This, Labour Minister Hsu Ming-chun said on February 29, was due to the Christian faith of people from this Indian region and their similarities with the Taiwanese in skin colour and dietary habits. Even as the apology from the Taiwan government stated that Indians will be recruited “regardless of their ethnic background”, the...