Guwahati, March 26, 2019
The Customs officials in China have destroyed 30,000 “incorrect” world maps printed in the country for not mentioning Arunachal Pradesh and Taiwan as part of its territory, according to Global Times, an English-language Chinese newspaper.
A total of 803 boxes of the 28,908 wrong maps were seized and destroyed, as per a report. The maps were taken to a secret location in Qingdao and shredded on the orders of the natural resources and planning bureau.
It may be mentioned that 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).
According to the Global Times, the destroyed maps were meant for export to an unspecified country.
“The problematic maps failed to show the correct territory of China and omitted South Tibet and the island of Taiwan, the Qingdao government found after an examination of the maps,” a report in the Global Times said, as quoted by PTI.
“The maps were produced by a company in Anhui province and were on the way to being exported to an unspecified foreign country,” a report said.