India has officially responded with action to China’s new passports. The new Chinese passport shows disputed territory close to their shared border as belonging to China. India responded by issuing Chinese citizens with visas that are embossed with New Delhi’s own maps.
Indian officials call the new Chinese passport ”unacceptable.” India feels the best way to retaliate is to issue visas to Chinese citizens with their own version of the map of India that includes all territories claimed by New Delhi.
Not only do the new Chinese passports upset India, but the Philippines and Vietnam are also angered because the new passports also show disputed regions of the South China Sea as Chinese territory.
The land discrepancy stems from a border war that was fought between India and China in 1962. Large portions of land in the area remain in question.
While China and India have met several times to try to resolve this issue, they have not reached an agreement. This new move by China to change their passports has upset India and one can only imagine whether or not there will be trade implications.
Indian officials can only speculate what sparked China to make the revisions to their passport at this time. This is a developing story and it will be interesting to see how India, the Philippines and Vietnam respond to the new Chinese passports.
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