Google's update of Taiwan map denounced
By Guan Xiaomeng (chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2005-10-19 14:48
Google.com, world's largest Internet search engine,
deleted the words "Taiwan, a province of the People's Republic of China" on a
map of Taiwan linked to its maps search engine maps.google.com. This has drawn
rage from Chinese officials and the people.
reports indicate Google made the changes under pressure of extremists in
Taiwan's pan-Green camp (a pro-independence alliance between the ruling
Democratic Progressive Party and the hard-line Taiwan Solidarity Union
The map of Taiwan
linked to maps. google.com. The words "Taiwan, a province of the People's
Republic of China" have been deleted at the top left corner of the page.
Instead, arrows and some other graphics are placed there, through which
the map can be moved or enlarged. [sina]
The website deleted the words at the top left corner of the web page that
noted that Taiwan is a distinct part of China. Instead, arrows and some other
graphics were placed there, through which the map can be moved or enlarged.
Peng Keyu, consul general of the Chinese consulate in San Francisco, voiced
objection to the Google decision and urged it to follow the US government's
allegiance to the one-China principle, according to the SingTao Daily.
China and the United States long ago reached consensus in the three Sino-U.S.
joint communiques and thus officially established diplomatic relations in the
late 1970s after decades of isolation from one another. That's when the US
government promised to remain committed to a one-China principle and opposition
to Taiwan independence.