India Today sparked a shining cover increasing the political tension between the countries. Chinese people on coming across the cover are in full rage. The cover portrays the map of China without Tibet or Taiwan. This is heightening the tension between both the regional powers and may attract a border dispute.
Why did this happen?
India Today in their July 31st issue described the cover as “China’s New Chick” but they forgot that portraying a neighbouring country like this will result in a major concern for thyself. The magazine used the map of China as a larger chicken with Pakistan a smaller chicken nearby. The issue although aimed to highlight Chinese investments turned out to be a backlash for India.
The issue although aimed to highlight Chinese investments and their recent foreign investment policies, it turned out to be a backlash for India.
Not just the portrayal of chickens but the maps of the respective countries were marked to make it clear who the little chicken is.
This wasn’t the only thing to upset China. There was something else.
Chinese citizens gripped over the fact that the map did not include Taiwan and Tibet. The Chinese government claims sovereignty and considers Taiwan, a renegade province while Tibet an autonomous region. Although there are plenty of political tensions between handling the areas, China wasn’t really happy about their exclusion.
The Chinese government claims sovereignty and considers Taiwan, a renegade province while Tibet an autonomous region. Although there are plenty of political tensions between handling the areas, they are still a part. China wasn’t really happy about their exclusion.
China even mentioned that they will protect the border with India at all costs!!
Here are a couple of comments that were received:
A Shanghai based user wrote,“No one wants to read your bad magazine.”
Another person from China said,”Tibet is a part of China. India can’t just change this with one small action.”
While everyone was mocking the cover down, China’s foreign ministry dismissed the controversy. We heard spokesman Lu Kang respond in an interview,”You’re taking this ‘little trick’ seriously? Next question.”
Tensions between both the countries have been as long as 30 years but they don’t seem to lessen down any bit. In fact, today can be described as the worst in 30 years. It is also been said that India’s national security adviser arrived in Beijing on Wednesday for a meeting that was to address the military standoff along the border.
Source: South China Morning Post