“China’s Controversial Standard Map Includes Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin – See Map Now”

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China’s Controversial Standard Map release  has sparked controversy by incorporating disputed territories such as Arunachal Pradesh, Aksai Chin, Taiwan, and contentious regions in the South China Sea. This unveiling, which occurred on August 28, has raised diplomatic concerns and reignited ongoing disputes.

The official map, known as the 2023 edition, was introduced via the Ministry of Natural Resources’ standard map service website. It utilizes a method based on China’s national boundaries to depict its perspective on global geography, potentially escalating tensions with neighboring nations. The state-run Global Times explained, “This map is compiled based on the drawing method of national boundaries of China and various countries in the world.”

Of particular significance is the inclusion of Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin, both areas subject to longstanding conflicting claims between China and India. Despite China’s assertions that Arunachal Pradesh is part of South Tibet, it remains an integral part of India, a stance consistently reiterated by the Indian government. India has emphasized that Arunachal Pradesh has “always been” and will “always be” an integral part of the country.

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The map’s scope extends beyond India’s borders. China’s assertion of Taiwan as an integral part of its territory aligns with President Xi Jinping’s strategic objectives, further escalating tensions between China and Taiwan, a matter of global concern.

Furthermore, China’s delineation includes the controversial nine-dash line, which claims a significant portion of the South China Sea as Chinese territory. This assertion is met with opposition from countries such as Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, and Taiwan, all of which have competing claims in the same maritime regions. This move adds to the ongoing disputes and concerns in the South China Sea region.

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