NEW DELHI/BEIJING, Nov 23 – India today termed as “unacceptable” China depicting Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin as its territory in maps of the country on their new e- passports, a step that led to retaliatory action by New Delhi, reports PTI.China sprung the surprise on India when it showed these territories as part of its own in the maps on their new e-passports. The Indian Embassy in Beijing responded by issuing visas to Chinese nationals with a map of India including Arunachal and Aksai Chin as part of its territory.
In India’s first official reaction, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said, “We are not prepared to accept it ... We, therefore, ensure that our flags of disagreement are put out immediately when something happens. We can do it in an agreeable way or you can do it in a disagreeable way,” he told NDTV.
China, on its part, sort of fudged the issue with its Foreign Ministry Spokesperson saying that the matter should be dealt with in a “level headed and rational manner” to avoid “unnecessary disruptions” to people to people exchanges.