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Indian maps seized at World Expo2010 over Arunachal

September 2, 2010

Tibetan Review
September 1, 2010

Officers of China's Public Security Bureau (PSB)
-- the Chinese police -- had barged unannounced
into the Indian pavilion at the World Expo2010 in
Shanghai on Jul 12 and seized brochures bearing a
map of India, reported the Times of India Aug 29.
They had said they were taking the maps away
because of Beijing’s objection to Arunachal
Pradesh being shown as a part of Indian territory.

The report said the Chinese government had come
under terrible pressure from its experts on
Indian affairs as well as from postings in
Internet blogs and discussion forums (like complaining about copies of
Indian map being distributed at the India
Pavilion soon after its opening on April 30. This
is what resulted in the removal of the India
Tourism brochures carrying the map of India from
the Pavilion, it cited sources as saying. The
report said Beijing closely watches Internet
postings to gauge public opinion and often acts
on them to calm signs of dissent.

"Anger! World Expo India, the Indian Pavilion
brochure map actually includes southern Tibet!" was quoted as saying while
initiating a thread for discussing the subject.
The report said several other Chinese sites,
including and,
had published the maps from the brochures and
even questioned the Chinese government's inability to stop its distribution.

India’s Ministry of External Affairs has,
however, denied that any such action had taken
place. "There is no factual basis to this report.
There has been no interference in the functioning
of our pavilion at Shanghai Expo," the ministry’s
spokesman was quoted as saying.

Nevertheless, the report noted that the India
Pavilion stopped distributing the 'Incredible
India' brochures that contains the map since the
July 12 incident. Besides, it said, four
officials involved with the work at the Pavilion
had confirmed that the incident did take place.
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