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China destroys almost 30,000 world maps for showing Arunachal as a part of India

Nearly 30,000 world maps destroyed by China for showing Arunachal as a part of India

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Last week, customs officials in China destroyed nearly 30,000 world maps showing Arunachal Pradesh as a part of India and Taiwan as a separate country.

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It is to be noted that China claims the north-eastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet. China also routinely objects to Indian leaders visiting Arunachal Pradesh to highlight its stand.

On the other hand, New Delhi has also maintained its stand saying that the State of Arunachal Pradesh is its integral and inalienable part and Indian leaders visit Arunachal Pradesh from time to time, as they visit other parts of the country. India and China have so far held 21 rounds of talks to resolve the border dispute covering 3,488-km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC). China also claims the estranged island of Taiwan as its part.

According to Global Times, almost 30,000 “incorrect” world maps, showing Taiwan as a separate country and wrong depiction of the Sino-Indian border, were destroyed by the customs authorities in Qingdao. “The maps were meant for export to an unspecified country,” Global Times quoted.

In the meantime, Liu Wenzong, professor from the department of International Law of China Foreign Affairs University said, “What China did in the map market was absolutely legitimate and necessary, because sovereignty and territorial integrity are the most important things to a country. Both Taiwan and South Tibet are parts of China’s territory which is sacred and inviolable based on the international law.”

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