China is at it again. On their new e-passports they have watermark map of China depicting not just Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin as part of their territory, but have also claimed disputed islands in South China Sea as their territory.
India is believed to have taken up the matter through the diplomatic channels with China and is learnt to have conveyed its ‘unhappiness’ and ‘concern’ over the ‘factually incorrect’ depiction.
To stress their point, Indian Embassy in Beijing has also retaliated by issuing visas with stamped maps of India showing Arunachal and Aksai Chin as part of India’s sovereign territory.
Sources said Beijing was informed in advance about India’s course of action that they planned to stamp Indian maps along with visa’s issued by the Indian embassy in Beijing.
Sources said the new Chinese practice has been going on for the last 3-4 weeks and involves new e-passports being issued by China’s interior ministry.
But, sources added, so far no official or diplomatic passports bearing these factually incorrect depictions have come to their notice.
China’s decision comes at a time when the National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon is expected to visit Beijing soon for the next round of special representatives talk on the boundary issue with his counterpart Dai Bingguo.