18th century map of smaller China rattles diplomats, Chinese

Rappler.com

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel gifted Chinese President Xi Jinping during his recent visit to Berlin with a map of 18th century  China. But the gift offended many Chinese for it might as well have been Germany’s gift to the Philippines and other countries caught in maritime disputes with China. The ancient map debunks China’s historical claim over several territories including those claimed by the Philippines. The map was supposedly drawn with the help of Jesuit missionaries. Chinese media had a different version of Merkel’s gift, however.

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