China has destroyed over 30,000 world maps printed in the country for not only including Arunachal Pradesh and Taiwan within its territories. China claims both Arunachal Pradesh and enstraged Island of Taiwan as its parts, though the claims are not supported by residents of either of these places. The destroyed maps were accused of being “incorrect” by the Chinese authorities.
The world maps were meant for export to an “unspecified country”, state-run Global Times reported on Tuesday. Supporting the crackdown on map market, Liu Wenzong, professor from the department of International Law of China Foreign Affairs University said, “What China did in the map market was absolutely legitimate and necessary, because sovereignty and territorial integrity are the most important things to a country.”
“Both Taiwan and South Tibet are parts of China’s territory which is sacred and inviolable based on the international law,” he added.
India, however maintains that the State of Arunachal Pradesh is integral and inalienable part of the country and Indian leaders visit Arunachal Pradesh from time to time, just as they visit other parts of the country. China claims the north-eastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet. The country also routinely objects to Indian leaders visiting Arunachal Pradesh to highlight its stand.