Guwahati, April 27, 2019
China has removed a map from the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Summit website that depicted entire Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh as part of India. The second edition of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Summit is underway in Beijing.
The map had portrayed India as part of the BRI project whereas New Delhi has been opposed to the idea of joining this initiative since it has projects such as CPEC which fall in Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir (PoK) and violate India’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
It may be mentioned that India on April 26th, 2019 skipped BRI Summit for the second time in protest against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). India had boycotted the first summit held in 2017.
China had recently destroyed thousands of maps which showed Arunachal Pradesh as part of India. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of south Tibet and has routinely objected to Indian leaders visiting the state to highlight its stand. India and China have so far held 21 rounds of talks to resolve the border dispute covering 3,488-km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC).