Tuesday, January 15, 2013

China to issue new official map of ‘full’ territory

Chinese protesters rip a Japanese flag at a protest
The chief editor says the new map will be very significant in enhancing Chinese people’s awareness of national territory and enhance Chinese interests

A new map to be released later this month by China’s National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation increases from 29 to 130 the number of disputed areas marked as officially part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), including the Diaoyutai Islands (釣魚台) claimed by Taiwan and Japan. 

Previous editions of the “Wall Map Series of National Territory,” which presented China’s claimed territory in horizontal format, only included the larger contested islands in the South China Sea in a separate box at the bottom right of the map, Xinhua news agency said at the weekend. The territories included in the box were half scale and not clearly detailed. The new map is vertical and is to be distributed by Sinomaps Press on behalf of the Chinese authorities starting next month. It will for the first time display the entirety of the PRC’s claimed territory on the same scale as continental China. 

My article, published today in the Taipei Times, continues here (the article provides a sample of the new map).

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