With the second edition of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Summit underway in Beijing, China deleted a map from the BRI website that showed the whole Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh as part of India.
After reports and speculations emerged of the map “misrepresenting” China’s stated position on Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir (PoK) and Arunachal Pradesh, the map now does not show up on the website itself.
The map had also depicted India as part of the BRI project whereas India’s national capital has been opposed to the idea of joining this initiative since it has projects such as CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) which fall in Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir and breach India’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
India boycotted the first summit that was held in the year 2017 and despite Beijing’s continious efforts for India to at least represent itself at the forum, New Delhi was firm to sit out.
It should be noted that China recently destroyed thousands of maps which portrayed Arunachal Pradesh as part of India.
In fact, China takes account of Arunachal Pradesh as part of their territory as it refers to it as “Southern Tibet”.