Google in border dispute over Chinese mapping
- Google in border dispute over Chinese mapping
GOOGLE IS IN TROUBLE with the Chinese government over its online
mapping, which the Chinese are worried will expose state secrets and
damage territorial integrity, according to a government-controlled
The People's Daily reported on Monday that the vice head of the State
Bureau of Surveying and Mapping, Min Yiren, said that authorities
were trying to stamp out all Internet maps which 'wrongly' depicted
China's borders, or show locations of military bases and army
presence. Perhaps they are worried about the world seeing what is
really happening in Tibet.
Back in April Chinese state media said that the government would be
cracking down on sites showing unapproved maps, of which there are
about 10,000. The communist super state is especially indignant about
any maps that show disputed territories as falling outside of China,
like Taiwan for example. The government has also made it clear that
it will block any maps showing the Spratlys and Paracels island
chains in the South China Sea and the Diaoyu Islands in the East
China Sea, as being independent of China.
The newspaper named and shamed Internet search engine giant Google,
along with China's own Sohu and Baidu for illegal mapping. Perhaps
China is hoping that Google will make its sneaky satellites swerve
off to the left whenever China comes spinning into view, or cover its
eyes and ears and shout la laa laa laaa.
Talk about see no evil.