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Regarding Brahma Chellaney’s July 15 article, “China’s false monoculture”: Chellaney is entitled to his dislikes and suspicions of China, but he should not distort facts. He says that post-1949 China gobbled up India’s 38,000-square-km Aksai China, part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, to provide a route linking Tibet with Xinjiang. There are some problems with this statement:

• The only pre-1949 border ever formally suggested for most of this area was the British proposal to China in 1899, to which China never responded. Imperialistic Britain at the time had a forward policy to forestall Russian ambitions in the area.

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