Foreign News: Aggressive Mapmaking

Jawaharlal Nehru last week accepted new tokens of concord from Red China: two spotted deer, a couple of long-necked cranes, and 100 fat goldfish swimming in bowls. Nehru thanked Red China's beaming donor. Chargé d'Affaires Shen Chien, but took Shen aside later on to ask about another recent consignment from Peking. How does it happen, asked Nehru, that Indian Communists are now selling Peking-printed maps that show 57,000 square miles of India's Assam, neighboring Burma, and Nehru's own ancestral Kashmir as districts of "People's China"? So sorry, replied Shen, with the alibi, that Red China has used before: just old maps....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!