China released the 2023 edition of its so-called “standard map” asserting claims over Arunachal Pradesh, Aksai Chin, Taiwan, and the South China Sea
On Tuesday, India lodged a stern protest with China over the latest map issued by its neighboring country, asserting claims on Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin.
“We have strongly protested through diplomatic channels against China’s 2023 ‘standard map’ which claims Indian territory. We reject these claims as they have no basis. Such steps are taken only by the Chinese side. They complicate the resolution of the boundary question,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
After the People’s Republic of China claimed its rights over Arunachal Pradesh, Aksai Chin, Taiwan, and the South China Sea in its 2023 edition of the “standard map,” a significant dispute has arisen.
Despite India’s repeated stance that Arunachal Pradesh has always been and will remain an integral part of the country, this map has been issued.
Chinese website Global Times, which was previously known as X, posted on a social media platform, stating that the “standard map” is based on the drawing method of the national boundaries of China and various countries around the world. It has included China’s claim on the Nine-Dash Line, which asserts control over separate islands of Taiwan and a large part of the South China Sea. Beijing has consistently claimed Taiwan as a part of its core territory, and its integration with the mainland is a determined goal of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
China’s fresh assertion comes just ahead of the scheduled G20 summit in New Delhi, where several global leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, will participate.
Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a brief meeting with Xi Jinping during the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg. The Prime Minister had highlighted India’s concerns over unresolved issues on the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra stated, “The Prime Minister emphasized on keeping peace in the border areas, respecting the LAC, and according importance to BRICS to normalize India-China relations.”