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China maps J&K as its territory: Should Modi ask Ansari to end Beijing trip?

If Modi has to convey a hard-hitting message to the Chinese without bothering about the diplomatic costs and strategic repercussions, one option before him is to advise the Vice President to cut short his ongoing China visit and return home immediately.


by Rajeev Sharma 29 Jun 16:09 pm IST


After hitting the ground running on the foreign policy front with his invitation diplomacy to leaders of eight neighbouring countries including Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has got his first reality check vis a vis the most powerful neighbour, China, a month after he took over the reins of India.

China has just released its new map showing the whole of Arunachal Pradesh and large parts of Jammu and Kashmir as its territories. The Chinese cartographic aggression has come days after Chinese troops made a six-km-deep incursion in Pangong lake in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, on 24 June and went back after staying put in their high speed boats for about two hours.

This is Prime Minister Modi's first brush with China, a country he admires and wants to emulate in lifting the sagging Indian economy, particularly the manufacturing sector where the Chinese performance has been consistently impressive.

While China has provoked India on several occasions in the past few years on both the counts - cartographic as well as military incursions - this time the Chinese actions are much different and far more significant for two reasons.

First, The Chinese cartographic provocation has come at a time when Vice President Hamid Ansari is currently in China on an official visit (26-30 June) to celebrate the 60th year of Panchsheel, the five principles for peaceful coexistence that once formed bedrock of India-China ties.

The timing of publication of the controversial Chinese map is significant and has clearly been timed to coincide with Ansari's ongoing visit to China.

Second, China has hardened its position on boundary dispute with India as is clear by a just-published report in Chinese state newspaper People's Daily which said without mincing words that Chinese citizens would now be able to "fully, directly know the full map of China".

Earlier, Chinese maps used to separately denote China's declared claims and Arunachal Pradesh (described by China as....
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