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In a “New Map,” four Asian countries join India in rejecting China’s territorial claims

<p>Before the Group of 20 meeting in New Delhi the following week, up to four Asian nations have joined India in denouncing a new Chinese map that claims Indian territory and nautical territories in the South China Sea.</p>
<p>The most recent country to reject Beijing’s assertions over the “nine-dash line” in the disputed seas was Vietnam. Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Pham Thu Hang reaffirmed Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly Islands in response to China’s “standard map 2023.”<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-155323″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-go-first-lessors-may-examine-leased-aircraft-under-nclat-78bgh10o-china-flag-625×300-12-june-23-11zon-750×461.png” alt=”theindiaprint.com go first lessors may examine leased aircraft under nclat 78bgh10o china flag 625×300 12 june 23 11zon” width=”1480″ height=”910″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-go-first-lessors-may-examine-leased-aircraft-under-nclat-78bgh10o-china-flag-625×300-12-june-23-11zon-750×461.png 750w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-go-first-lessors-may-examine-leased-aircraft-under-nclat-78bgh10o-china-flag-625×300-12-june-23-11zon-1024×630.png 1024w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-go-first-lessors-may-examine-leased-aircraft-under-nclat-78bgh10o-china-flag-625×300-12-june-23-11zon-768×472.png 768w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-go-first-lessors-may-examine-leased-aircraft-under-nclat-78bgh10o-china-flag-625×300-12-june-23-11zon-150×92.png 150w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-go-first-lessors-may-examine-leased-aircraft-under-nclat-78bgh10o-china-flag-625×300-12-june-23-11zon.png 1200w” sizes=”(max-width: 1480px) 100vw, 1480px” title=”In a "New Map," four Asian countries join India in rejecting China's territorial claims 6″></p>
<p>On Tuesday, CCTV, China’s national broadcaster, broadcasted pictures of individuals attending a conference and exhibition in the Chinese capital for the unveiling of new maps. According to media sources, Beijing published a “standard map” that incorrectly identified Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin as its territory.</p>
<p>Along with making territorial claims, China has accelerated the construction of artificial islands and equipped some of them with runways and military infrastructure. Chinese ships have also been charged of harassing fishing boats in other Southeast Asian countries.</p>
<p>Over the scope of their claims in the South China Sea, nations including the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia have all rejected the map. Taiwan has rejected the alleged revised map as well.</p>
<p>The new map’s assertions were first denied by India on Tuesday. China’s territorial claims were rejected by S Jaishankar, minister of external affairs. After publishing a fresh map that claimed Indian territory the next day, China advised restraint.</p>
<p>Beijing stepped up its criticism of the map release, calling it a “routine practice in accordance with China’s exercise of sovereignty.” Wang Wenbin, a spokeswoman for the Chinese foreign ministry, encouraged “objectivity” on Wednesday during a press conference in Beijing.</p>
<p>This dispute over the new map comes less than a month after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi of China had a casual conversation outside the Johannesburg BRICS conference, during which PM Modi raised New Delhi’s worries over open border disputes.</p>
<p>According to the External Affairs Ministry, the two presidents decided to step up their efforts to reduce border tension that has been building since the tragic battle in the Ladakh area three years ago.</p>

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