A Tokyo Olympics it has barely begun and has already generated an incident of geopolitical potential between the two greatest powers on the planet. the government of China, through its consulate in New York, criticized the American TV network NBC for broadcasting the opening ceremony this Friday, 23 July.
As the delegation of athletes and officials from China paraded, NBC aired a map of the Asian country that showed neither Taiwan nor the South China Sea.
These are precisely two targets of dispute involving China, which treats the issue as a matter of honor in its relationship with the West. Many nations, however, do not recognize the claimed right.
China’s government criticized the “incomplete map” in a consulate’s official network post, saying it “hurts the dignity and emotions of the Chinese population.”
“We urge NBC to recognize the serious nature of this problem and take steps to correct the error,” the consulate added.
NBC, which is one of the largest American networks and holds the broadcasting rights for the Olympics for the country, had not made a statement until early afternoon.
Taiwan — also known as Formosa — is an island about 130 kilometers from mainland China, which has been ruled as an independent country since 1949, with the Chinese Revolution. But China has claimed ownership of the territory for decades.
In the case of the islands and the South China Sea, the Asian giant claims sovereignty over about 80% of the territory, in dispute with other surrounding countries, such as the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei, among others. For China, the sea is strategic because it is one of the main maritime and commercial routes for the rest of the world.