New Delhi, August 29, 2023 – In a move that has escalated tensions in the region, China has once again provoked India by releasing the “2023 edition of the standard map of China.” The map, which continues to depict the entire State of Arunachal Pradesh, Aksai Chin, and territories within the South China Sea and Taiwan region as part of China’s territory, has been met with strong condemnation from Indian officials and the international community.
The provocative release comes just days ahead of the highly anticipated G20 Summit scheduled to be held from September 5, 2023, in India. The summit is expected to bring together world leaders to discuss crucial global issues, including economic cooperation and sustainable development.
China’s inclusion of Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin on its map is not a new development. The border dispute between India and China over these regions has been a longstanding issue, resulting in occasional military standoffs and diplomatic exchanges. Earlier this year, China further stoked tensions by renaming 11 places in Arunachal Pradesh, a move that India strongly rejected and protested against.
Indian officials have expressed their displeasure and concern over China’s continued provocations. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement condemning the release of the controversial map, calling it a “unilateral action that disregards the sensitivities of the region and further complicates the border situation.” The ministry emphasized the need for peaceful dialogue and negotiations to resolve outstanding border disputes.
As the international community gears up for the G20 Summit, India faces the dual challenge of addressing China’s provocative actions while maintaining its focus on the summit’s objectives. The world will be watching closely as leaders gather to navigate these intricate diplomatic waters and promote global cooperation.