Neighbours See Red Over School Map Censorship

Anonymous Patron writes "The Times Online reports a blob of “wrongly� coloured ink, a controversial map of Asia and the seizure of 128 civics textbooks have plunged Japan and China into another round of bitterness and mutual distrust.

The latest incident in the troubled relationship between the two neighbours flared up yesterday when it emerged that books on their way by mail to a Japanese school in the northeastern Chinese city of Dalian had been seized by customs authorities."

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Taiwan

Summary: Taiwan was a different color on the map than the rest of China.

Huh?

Was Canada a different colour than the rest of the U.K.?

Re:Huh?

Canada is an independent country, and the UK accepts this fact. Beijing regards Taiwan as a renegade province that will eventually be reunited with the Mainland, like a runaway teenager who will eventually grow up and come back home to their parents.

This'd be more like if they coloured Northern Ireland differently from Great Britain.

Saving Face

This is all about saving face, and it is sad that in this day and age anyone would tolerate altering reality so that an oppressive socialist goverment would be happy.

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