New Chinese Maps Highlight Disputed Islands In South China Sea
China upset many Asian countries in November by issuing a new passport that included contested South China Sea islands within its pages, and just to show you how they’ve learned from criticism, the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation (NASMG) has just published, via Sinomaps Press, a new set of vertical-format maps that include more than 130 islands that didn’t appear in older editions.
According to Xinhua:
The maps will be very significant in enhancing Chinese people’s awareness of national territory, safeguarding China’s marine rights and interests and manifesting China’s political diplomatic stance, said Xu Gencai, chief editor of Sinomaps Press.
Xu added that the new vertical maps have marked clearly the major South China Sea islands and demonstrated their geographic relations with surrounding island countries as well as surrounding islands and islets.
Will the Diaoyu Islands be included?
In the bottom-left corner, there is also a zoomed illustration of the Diaoyu Islands, displaying their positional relations and those of their affiliated islets with the Chinese mainland and Taiwan.
We probably didn’t need to ask.