Two new maps being issued in China this summer are stirring debate across Asia. The first, an ambitious vertical map issued in June by the Hunan Map Publishing House, uses 10 dashes around the South China Sea to broadly delineate China’s claims to contested waters, shoals, rocks, reefs and islands there. The second is being distributed to units of the People’s Liberation Army. Military officials have said it is the army’s first major revision of a map in 30 years.
The military map has not been revealed to the public yet, but news reports in India have already questioned whether it will show that Himalayan territory contested by China and India is unequivocally part of China.
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