Magazine’s map distorts Chinese territory
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.