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China map puts Sikkim in India

May 06, 2004 16:36 IST
Last Updated: May 07, 2004 15:32 IST

In a significant move that could go a long way in improving bilateral relations, China has for the first time officially shown Sikkim as part of India.

The world map in the just-published World Affairs Year Book - 2003/2004 has stopped showing Sikkim as a separate country in Asia and does not mention Sikkim separately in its index of countries.

The official Chinese publication last year had shown Sikkim as a separate country in its map and had mentioned it among "independent" nations.

The formal change of Chinese maps will also seal the commitment implicit in the trade agreement signed during Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's historic visit to China in June last year, whenthe two countriesagreed that border trade would be conducted through Chhangu in Sikkim.

The latest Chinese move to formally accept Sikkim's accession to India in 1975 is the secondstep taken by China since Vajpayee's meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Wen Jiabao during which both leaders agreed to find an early solution to pending problems in bilateral ties.

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Sub: What the hell

What the hell is the big deal about China recognizing sikkim as sovereign Indian territory. India has military presence there and thats what matters. Not ...

Posted by Ravi Shankar

Sub: thank you China

finally a sign of being a gentleman - China this is a good gesture. in fact such pseudo so called democratic (self proclaimed) giants like ...

Posted by ab

Sub: China map puts Sikkim in India

Don't be so happy. Chaina May want something from India in coming time & to make Indian people fool, they play tricks. When they ask ...

Posted by Mangesh

Sub: very happy

it is a stunning news and i think that like me every Indian will be proud of this great news . SIKKIM now shown as ...

Posted by chitra



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