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Pentagon’s new map shows Kashmir with Pakistan, Aksai Chin with China

In a recent report titled “2020 China Military Power Report”, to the US Congress, by the United States Department of Defence’s Pentagon, the Indian map was showed with Pakistan-administered Kashmir as being part of Pakistan, while Aksai Chin was shown as a separate entity.

In its report, released in September 2020, the Pentagon report shows the map in at least 10 pages, which ignores the claim of India over Pakistan administered Kashmir, showing it to be a part of Pakistan, The EursAsian Times reported.

However, one page later in the report, the disputed status of the Aksai Chin region which Indian claims, but is under the effective control of China, is acknowledged.

On November 6, India had raised strong objections when Trump Jr had similarly shown Kashmir as being independent of both India and Pakistan. His Twitter post had invited severe criticism from the Indian public, with the government later on, too, lodging a protest with the Trump administration.

On October 24, 2020, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia released a 20 Riyal Banknote to celebrate the country playing host to the G20 summit, which displayed a world map showing Kashmir as an independent country.

The map also showed Gilgit-Baltistan as being a separate entity from, although Pakistan did not even register a squeamish response to the move, India registered a protest saying the banknote was a distortion of the Indian map.

The Pentagon, which is another name for the United States Department of defense, submits such reports to the US Congress every year. Its maps have repeatedly refused to accept India’s claim over the disputed region in Kashmir.

 

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