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China's PR

Neville Maxwell, who wrote “What Is Behind the Chinese ‘Incursion’ at Daulat Beg Oldie”? (EPW, 18 May 2013), has a history of being the chief public relations officer for the Chinese government on the India-China border issues. One of the Chinese claims is that the border was “imposed” on China. What is forgotten is that the border was also “imposed” on India which had no say where the boundaries were drawn by the British civilian, Henry McMahon, who also demarcated the boundary between British Burma and China.

The border between Myanmar (Burma) and China has been ratified by both the Chinese and the Myanmar governments in the 1950s. How is it that China can accept an “imposed boundary” with Myanmar but not with India?

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