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Indian maps seized at World Expo2010 over Arunachal
2010. 1 September
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 club.china.com) 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!" club.china.com was quoted as saying while initiating a thread for discussing the subject. The report said several other Chinese sites, including junshi.xilu.com and bbs.city.tianya.cn, 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.