Though India supported the 'One China' policy, it has not reiterated the same publicly or in bilateral documents for over a decade.
Her love for democracy, sympathy for Taiwan and hatred of China may have made her risk being shot down by a Chinese missile when she flew into Taiwan.
China's attempt to intimidate the Taiwanese public and advertise its strategy for blockading and potentially invading the island was nominally prompted by a visit to Taipei last week by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
China demonstrated its outrage over Pelosi's visit with a burst of military activity in surrounding waters, summoning the US ambassador in Beijing and halting several agricultural imports from Taiwan.
Pelosi's visit has triggered increased tension between China and the United States.