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China gets the taste of its own Medicine as “India Today” omits of Tibet and Taiwan from the map of China

India and China are facing the worst ever face-off in last 30 years. China which is known for its bully attitude has been found off the guard this time. India is responding in the best possible manner to every Chinese pressure tactics.

This point is proved well beyond any doubt as we can see almost a provocative statement by Chinese Government on daily basis. But for a change this time Indian Government is not succumbing to the pressure, even they are giving them fitting reply most of the time.

One of the most common tactic of China is to publish distorted maps of its neighbors. China has many a times omitted Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin from the map of India, and it has done the same with several other neighbors as well. However this time it seems China has got a taste of its own medicine.

Indian Magazine India Today has published a revised map of China on the cover of the July 31 issue of India Today sparked patriotic backlash from China’s online users, many of whom used abusive language register their protest against both the magazine and India as a whole.

To illustrate in its cover story, “China’s New Chick”, about growing Chinese investments in Pakistan and the resulting concern for India, the magazine used a map of China shaped as a large chicken and Pakistan as a smaller chick.

Usually each map had the respective country’s flag on it.

Chinese Citizens griped over the exclusion of Taiwan and Tibet from China’s map. The Chinese government claims sovereignty over both places, considering Taiwan a renegade province and Tibet an autonomous region, but there are long-standing political tensions over the government’s control of these areas.

“No one wants to read your bad magazine,” one Shanghai-based user wrote.

“Tibet is a part of China. India can’t just change this with one small action,” another commenter said.

“India will never be a strong country because people in its country do such immature things,” a Guangzhou-based commenter wrote.

However China’s foreign ministry dismissed the controversy. In response to a reporter’s question about the contentious cover, spokesman Lu Kang responded: “You’re taking this ‘little trick’ seriously? Next question.”

This controversy over the magazine cover comes amid an escalating row between China and India over the disputed Doklam border area in the Himalayas.

Tensions between the two Asian rivals have been described as “the worst in 30 years”. India’s national security adviser arrived in Beijing on Wednesday for a meeting during which representatives from both countries are expected to address the military standoff along the border.


Manish Sharma

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