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Google map cedes Indian Himalayan state to China

October 23, 2009

Leading Indian politicians have condemned Google, the internet search
engine, for publishing a map which cedes parts of the country's
Himalayan states to China.
By Dean Nelson in New Delhi
The Telegraph (UK)
October 22, 2009

Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, is shown on Google Maps
as north of a dotted line marking the border between India and China,
ie in disputed territory Photo: GOOGLE

Google's satellite map of the border area between India and China
show several Indian towns in Arunachal Pradesh listed under their
Chinese names as part of the People's Republic of China.

The maps also show the state's southern border with Assam and its
northern boundary with China as broken lines, indicating disputed
territory. It also appears to question India's borders with Burma and Bhutan.

The publication of the map has provoked an angry response in India,
where tensions are high following a series of public statements in
which Chinese officials have denounced New Delhi for refusing to
discuss a border dispute.

China claims vast swathes of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir as well as
Arunachal Pradesh, which it says were illegally ceded to India during
the British Raj. It rejects the "MacMahon Line" border drawn up by
British and Tibetan officials at the 1913 Shimla Conference.

"This is shocking. How could Google change the names of places of a
sovereign country without the country's knowledge?'' Takam Sanjoy, a
Congress MP, told The Times of India.

Kiren Rijiju, a senior BJP figure in Arunachal Pradesh, said it was
suspicious that the map had been published just before planned
meetings between Chinese and Indian officials to discuss the border.

"Had Google changed the names of Chinese locations, Beijing would
have summoned Google officials. India, too, should deal with it
firmly,'' he said.
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