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Beijing ‘hurt’ by US coverage of Olympics as Taiwan and South China Sea not on world map

It is the latest point of tension between the two superpowers. China’s consulate in New York accused NBC of displaying an “incomplete map” which “hurt the dignity and emotions of the Chinese people”.

“We urge NBC to recognise the serious nature of this problem and take measures to correct the error,” their post on social media platform Weibo said, as reported by Reuters.

The Global Times, considered Beijing’s Communist Party mouthpiece, also described the map used in coverage as “incomplete” in an editorial published on Friday.

Taiwan is a democracy of around 24 million people. It has been governed separately from China for over seven decades.

But China claims sovereignty over the island – and South China Sea territory – under its ‘One China’ policy.

This is disputed by the US – and tensions between the nations have surged in recent years.

Donald Trump’s administration greenlighted the sale of multibillion dollar arm sales to the island as it bolstered its military defence.

US military patrols in the region have placed pressure on increasingly aggressive posturing by Beijing.

Earlier this month, China said it chased a US warship out of the disputed waters.

The People’s Liberation Army said it “warned” the USS Benfold and “drove them away”, sending ships and planes as it entered waters around the Paracel Islands.

Beijing claims ownership under its “One China” policy which demands there is only one sovereign state under the name China.

China’s Communist Party has previously threatened to take Taiwan by force if diplomatic efforts do not succeed.

In April, a Global Times editorial said the US “will lose” an all-out conflict over the island nation.

It said: “Considering the congestion of hostile forces in, above, and below the Taiwan Straits and South China Sea, conflict could explode by accident or design.

“Once blood is drawn, the US will have few options. If the US elects to fight China over the island of Taiwan, then it will lose.”

The Biden administration supports the 2016 ruling of the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea which argues China has no claim over the territory.

China claims most of the South China Sea, including reefs and islands claimed by other nations.

NBC Universal has been approached for comment.

Source:

www.express.co.uk

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