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China defends new map showing Arunachal, Aksai Chin as its territory

India lodged a strong protest with China over its so-called “standard map”, laying claim over Arunachal and Aksai Chin, and asserted that such steps complicate the resolution of the boundary issue.

BEIJING: China on Wednesday defended its move to release a new “standard map” for 2023 showing Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin as part of its territory, saying that it is a “routine practice” in accordance with its law and urged India to “stay objective and calm” and refrain from “over-interpreting” the issue.

India on Tuesday had lodged a strong protest with China over its so-called “standard map”, laying claim over Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin, and asserted that such steps only complicate the resolution of the boundary question.

The External Affairs Ministry also rejected these claims as having “no basis”.

“Just making absurd claims does not make other people’s territories yours,” External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar told NDTV while reacting to the Chinese move.

“It is a routine practice in China’s exercise of sovereignty in accordance with the law.

We hope relevant sides can stay objective and calm, and refrain from over-interpreting the issue,” Wang said.

China on Monday officially released the 2023 edition of its “standard map” that claimed Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin as belonging to that country.

 

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