The cover of the July 31 issue of the India Today magazine has triggered a Photoshop battle after it’s gone viral on Chinese social media platform Wiebo.
The latest Cover Page of India Today Magazine has the map of China, in red, in the shape of a big chicken and a smaller chick — Pakistan, in green — by its side, along with captions that read “China’s new chick” and “How China is buying out Pakistan with massive new investments and why India needs to worry”, below it.
Offended by the depiction and exclusion of Tibet and Taiwan, Chinese netizens are criticizing both the magazine and country for its actions.
The Chinese government claims sovereignty over both Taiwan and Tibet. It considers Taiwan a province and Tibet an autonomous region. However, there have been political tensions over the government’s control of these areas, a scmp report said.
Meanwhile, the India Today magazine cover on China and Pakistan’s growing friendship has been selected as the ‘The Cover of the Day’ by The Society of Publication Designers (SPD), New York. Ashish Bagga, Group CEO, India Today Group, said, “Getting featured in SPD, New York, reflects on India Today’s commitment to set international standards in journalism. Powerful take on pertinent issues is the hallmark of impactful reportage and insights. For India Today, we are happy that we have serviced the Thinking Indian well.”
An article on China’s Global Times said, “Such hysterical geopolitical imagination is nothing new. What is new, however, is the erroneous exclusion of Tibet and Taiwan from Chinese territory.”
It also said, “China and India are currently locked in a border standoff. Some Indian elites understandably hate China and want to carve away Tibet and Taiwan. But they know this is impossibility, so they are reduced to drawing an illustration. It is more ludicrous when the magazine proudly proclaimed that the cover was selected as the “The Cover of the Day” by the Society of Publication Designers, New York.”
A report in the South China Morning Post read, “But Chinese netizens griped over the exclusion of Taiwan and Tibet from China’s map. The Chinese government claims sovereignty over both places, considering Taiwan a renegade province and Tibet an autonomous region, but there are long-standing political tensions over the government’s control of these areas.”
The Taiwan News a Taiwanese news outlet, however, welcomed India Today’s cover. A report said, “In a bizarre reversal of fortune, instead of the usual erroneous inclusion of Taiwan in a map of China, the cover of the latest issue of the magazine India Today, not only excludes Taiwan from Chinese territory, but it also carved away Tibet from its posterior, while a tiny green chick in the shape of Pakistan stands behind it.”