|National Geographic cartographic policy adheres to a de facto policy
for depicting political entities, showing by map color and borders which
country currently holds and administers a particular area.
For example, although India claims all of Kashmir, only the southern
part, which is controlled by India, is shown with the green sovereignty
color of India. The northwestern portion of Kashmir is administered by
Pakistan and shown in the orange sovereignty color of Pakistan.
China and Taiwan are shown in the same color because each government
claims to be China. The People's Republic of China claims Taiwan as its
23rd province, but Taiwan's government maintains it is a separate
political entity with a government in Taipei.