'Courage for surgical strike?': Opposition as China includes Arunachal Pradesh, Aksai Chin in new map
China releases official map claiming Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin as part of its territory, causing concern among political leaders.
China has released their official ‘standard map’ for 2023, which includes Arunachal Pradesh and the Aksai Chin region as parts of the east Asian nation. The map released on August 28 shows Arunachal Pradesh which China claims as South Tibet and Aksai Chin occupied by it in the 1962 war as part of its territory. The map also incorporates China's claims over the nine-dash line thus laying claim to a large part of the South China Sea.
In a post on microblogging site X, Kharge said, "China is a habitual offender when it comes to renaming and redrawing maps of territories, belonging to other countries. The Indian National Congress takes strong objection to any such illegal representation or renaming of India's territories."
Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut said that the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's claims in Ladakh were true and that if the Central government has courage then it should do a surgical strike on the South-East Asian country.
Earlier this month, during his visit to Ladakh, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi hit out at the Centre, saying that its claim that not an inch of Indian land was taken by China's People Liberation Army (PLA) troops "is not true".
The Congress MP claimed the locals, too, contend that Indian territory was intruded upon and taken by the Chinese troops, adding that it was a matter of concern.
"The locals here are concerned about China taking our land. They have said that the Chinese troops took away their grazing land. However, the PM says not an inch of land was taken away. This is not true, you can ask anyone here," Rahul had said.
Tibetan Govt in exile
Tenzin Lekshay, Spokesperson and Additional Secretary, DIIR, Central Tibetan Administration said that China has been showing such distorted maps since many years, showing Arunachal Pradesh as a part of China.
"This is not the first time China is doing that. China for the last so many years has been repeatedly showing distorted maps which shows Arunachal Pradesh as a part of China," he said.
Lekshay further said, "In fact they used to say that the whole Arunachal is the part of Southern Tibet but this claim is baseless and not based on truth...This is part of sovereign India since independence, there are Indian people and administration and government."
(With agency inputs)
Unlock a world of Benefits! From insightful newsletters to real-time stock tracking, breaking news and a personalized newsfeed – it's all here, just a click away! Login Now!