German Chancellor Angela Merkel gifted Chinese Xi Jinping with a historical map that contradicts its own claim of territory in history, eliciting a stir and confusion among Chinese netizens.
During a visit by Xi to Germany, Merkel gave the Chinese leader the 1735 map of China made by French cartographer Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon d’Anville and printed by a German publishing house.
This historical map with a Latin caption translated as “China Proper” purportedly showed a glaring deviation from the modern China territorial map, or at least from what they have been claiming as their own.
The d’Anville map curiously showed ‘China proper’ as a land mass completely separate from Xinjiang, Tibet, Mongolia and Manchuria, areas or territories over which China has invariably claimed sovereignty or administration for decades.
But perhaps more interesting is that Hainan is bordered by a different color, and so is Taiwan. The former is very much a part of the modern China, while the latter is very much disputed. (Click here to read more)