China recently issued an official map of China. This has angered several of China’s neighbors.
- India disputes China’s map.
China provokes India with a new official map – DW – 08/30/2023
A new national map published by the Chinese government has sparked an outcry in India, exacerbating tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.
The version of the Chinese map published on the website of the Ministry of Natural Resources clearly shows India’s northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing considers to be part of Tibet, and the Doklam Plateau, over which the two sides have feuded in recent years, included within Chinese borders, along with Aksai Chin in the western section, which China controls but India still claims.
Responding to China’s claim, an Indian Foreign Ministry spokesperson said: “We reject these claims as they have no basis.”
Foreign Minister Jaishankar Subhramanyam also dismissed the new map, saying, “Making absurd claims on India’s territory does not make it China’s territory.”
- Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia reject China’s latest South China Sea map
China released the map on Monday of its famous U-shaped line covering about 90% of the South China Sea, a source of many of the disputes in one of the world’s most contested waterways, where more than $3 trillion of trade passes each year.
The Philippines called on China on Thursday “to act responsibly and abide by its obligations” under international law and a 2016 arbitral ruling that had declared the line had no legal grounds.
Malaysia said it had filed a diplomatic protest over the map.
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You may be aware that China built several artificial islands in the South China sea in recent years, and now has military airstrips on a few of them.
The dispute between India and China is interesting, since the BRICS organization recently held meetings. Both India and China are part of BRICS. I suppose it is more of an economic collaboration. BRICS isn’t like NATO. Still, it is interesting how India and China have these bitter border disputes, yet appear to get along with each other in BRICS. There has actually been violent clashes between Chinese and Indian troops in recent years in the disputed Himalayan areas.