Five other nations join India in condemning China over the ‘standard map’ dispute, despite the Chinese government’s efforts to manipulate the situation.

China’s recently unveiled ‘standard map’ has come under intense scrutiny and condemnation from several nations, including Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, and the Philippines. These countries contend that the map breaches international law and encroaches upon their territorial sovereignty.

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Released on August 28, China’s 2023 ‘standard map’ depicts India’s Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin as part of its own territory, alongside claims in the South China Sea encompassing the exclusive maritime zones of Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

Indonesia’s foreign minister, Retno Marsudi, urged China to adhere to international law, emphasizing that any demarcation of territorial lines should align with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

The Philippines rejected the map’s depiction of the ten-dashed line within its territory, asserting that it lacked a basis in international law, particularly the 1982 UNCLOS.

Malaysia’s foreign ministry lodged a formal complaint against China, clarifying that the map held no authoritative standing over the country and acknowledging the South China Sea as a complex and sensitive issue.

Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry vehemently rejected any association with China, emphasizing its distinct identity from the People’s Republic of China, regardless of the Chinese government’s stance on Taiwan’s sovereignty.

Vietnam also expressed strong opposition to the map, asserting that it violated the country’s sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly Islands, with the Vietnamese foreign ministry emphasizing that China’s claims based on the map held no legal validity and were in violation of both Vietnamese and international laws.

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