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India counters China map claims in a tit-for-tat move

Published on Nov 24, 2012 4:14 PM
 
In this photograph taken on Oct 21, 2012, an Indian Army soldier patrols at Bumla Pass on the India-China border in the eastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. India is stamping its map on visas given to Chinese visitors, an Indian official said on Nov 24, 2012, after China began issuing passports showing territories disputed by the neighbours as its own terrain. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India is stamping its map on visas given to Chinese visitors, an Indian official said today, after China began issuing passports showing disputed territories as its own.

"We have started issuing visas with India's map as we know it," said a foreign ministry official, who did not wish to be named, declining to comment further.

India's tit-for-tat action comes after China began issuing new biometric passports showing Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai China - regions that New Delhi claims - as part of Chinese territory. And the response comes amid already strained ties between the two Asian giants.

Beijing has also included disputed islands in the South China Sea in the map outline on the new passports, angering both the Philippines and Vietnam, as well as areas including two of Taiwan's most famous scenic spots.

 
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