China’s 2023 official map, released on August 28, has sparked controversy due to its inclusion of disputed areas like Arunachal Pradesh, Aksai Chin, Taiwan, and the South China Sea. The map’s method involves national boundaries, potentially escalating tensions with neighboring countries. Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin, two regions where China and India have long had competing claims, have remained crucial parts of India, as India has repeatedly reaffirmed this position.
Taiwan is an integral part of China’s territory, exacerbated by President Xi Jinping’s strategic goal of possessing the island. The South China Sea is also a contentious area, with countries with competing claims to the same maritime regions reacting negatively to the nine-dash line.
In its new standard map, China involves Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin
Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin will appear on China’s contentious new map, raising diplomatic issues and igniting old disagreements.
China recently sparked controversy
China recently unveiled an updated version of its “standard map,” which triggered controversy because it includes disputed areas like Arunachal Pradesh, Aksai Chin, Taiwan, and the South China Sea. The release, which took place on August 28, created new diplomatic tensions and reopened old ones.
The 2023 edition of China’s official map
The 2023 edition of China’s official map appeared on the Ministry of Natural Resources standard map service website. The method used by the map to represent China’s perspective on world geography involves national boundaries, which could exacerbate tensions with nearby countries.
Global Times tweet on X
State-run Global Times claimed in a post on X (previously Twitter) that “This map originates upon the tracing approach used to define national boundaries of China and other nations in the world.”
Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin will solidly remain a crucial part of India
The addition of the states of Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin, two regions where China and India have long had competing claims, is particularly significant. Despite China’s claims that it is South Tibet, Arunachal Pradesh has remained a crucial part of India. India has repeatedly reaffirmed this position. The region of Arunachal Pradesh possesses “always been” and “always will continue to be” a vital component of India, the country has repeatedly stated, according to PTI.
The scope of the map extends beyond India’s frontiers. President Xi Jinping’s strategic goals are China’s insistence that Taiwan is an integral part of its territory and its ongoing efforts to enfold the island. This portrayal exacerbates already intense tensions between China and Taiwan, which are of concern on a global scale.
South China Sea
The contentious nine-dash line, which claims a sizeable portion of the South China Sea as Chinese territory, also features in China’s delineation. Countries with competing claims to the same maritime regions, such as Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, and Taiwan, reacted negatively to this move.