India issues ‘strong protest’ to China over map

SpaceWar.com reports: “India issued a ‘strong protest’ to China on Tuesday after a Beijing map claimed land that New Delhi says is theirs, including territory close to where the neighbours battled in 2020.

‘We have today lodged a strong protest through diplomatic channels with the Chinese side on the so-called 2023 ‘standard map’ of China that lays claim to India’s territory,’ foreign ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said in a statement.

‘We reject these claims as they have no basis. Such steps by the Chinese side only complicate the resolution of the boundary question.’

India has been wary of its northern neighbour’s growing military assertiveness and their 3,500-kilometre (2,200-mile) shared frontier has been a perennial source of tension.

New Delhi said two areas on a map released on Beijing’s state-owned Global Times newspaper belong to India.

One was India’s northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, which China considers to be part of Tibet, and where the Asian giants fought a full-scale border war in 1962.

The second was Aksai Chin, a high-altitude strategic corridor linking Tibet to western China…”

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