Mag­a­zine’s map dis­torts Chi­nese ter­ri­tory

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By WANG QINGYUN wangqingyun@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

An In­dian mag­a­zine has pub­lished a map of China on its cover that omits sig­nif­i­cant parts of the coun­try, in­clud­ing the Ti­bet au­ton­o­mous re­gion and Tai­wan.

The cover of the July 31 is­sue of In­dia To­day, an English-lan­guage news mag­a­zine, presents a map of China miss­ing sig­nif­i­cant land ar­eas.

When a reporter asked on Thurs­day at a daily news con­fer­ence in Bei­jing about the cover of the July 31 is­sue of In­dia To­day, For­eign Min­istry spokesman Lu Kang shrugged it off with a ques­tion of his own. “Do you take even this lit­tle trick se­ri­ously?”

Sun Shi­hai, an ad­viser for the Chi­nese As­so­ci­a­tion for South Asian Stud­ies, said the mag­a­zine’s cover had a “very bad in­flu­ence”, serv­ing as a provo­ca­tion that stirs up bad feel­ings be­tween the Chi­nese and In­dian peo­ples.

How­ever, the mag­a­zine’s voice does not nec­es­sar­ily rep­re­sent the In­dian govern­ment’s pol­icy, so it is not worth much at­ten­tion, Sun said.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred amid a stand­off be­tween China and In­dia in China’s Dok­lam, which In­dian troops are en­croach­ing on af­ter il­le­gally cross­ing the Sikkim sec­tion bor­der be­tween the coun­tries.

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