NEW DELHI: Former Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Naravane (retd) on Tuesday took a dig at China, sharing a map on X (formerly Twitter) saying, “Finally someone has got the map of China as it really is”.
Finally someone has got the map of China as it really is. pic.twitter.com/8whTfICQNS
— Manoj Naravane (@ManojNaravane) September 12, 2023
The multicolored map demarcated several regions as ‘occupied’ areas including Ladakh and Tibet.
Just days ago, on August 28, Beijing had released the 2023 edition of the “standard map of China” that included Taiwan, the South China Sea, Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin as Chinese territories. India rejected the so-called “standard map” laying claim over Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin and and lodged a strong protest with Beijing. New Delhi also asserted that such steps only complicate the resolution of the boundary question.
A few days back, a number of ASEAN member countries such as Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines also reacted sharply to China’s territorial claim and its “standard map”.
The ASEAN countries have been insisting on a binding code of conduct (COC) on the South China Sea largely in view of China’s consistent attempts to assert its expansive claims over the region.