Customs officials in China have seized a large consignment of world maps showing Arunachal Pradesh as part of India. These maps had to be exported. China claims the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet. This has been strongly rejected by India. India maintains that Arunachal Pradesh is its integral and inseparable part.
Chinese daily The Paper.CN reported that customs officials at Shanghai’s Pudong airport confiscated the maps, which were meant to be exported. Bedclothes were written on them.
China passed a new law in 2019 making it mandatory for all maps printed and sold in the country and exported according to the official format of the Chinese map. China’s claims on Arunachal Pradesh, Taiwan and the South China Sea are displayed in the official format.
The notice announcing the new law said, ‘The map is the main form of representation of the national territory, which is serious for its political, scientific and legal importance. It further states that the problematic maps will mislead the international community about the territory of China or will be propagated by people with covert motives.
The year the rule was enacted, China’s customs department destroyed more than three lakh maps for export on grounds that they did not fit the country’s official maps.