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China To Weed Out Maps Suggesting Taiwan, Tibet Are Independent

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 01/08/14; August 14, 2001.]

BEIJING, Aug 11 (AFP) - China plans a crackdown on locally produced maps that fail to indicate Taiwan and Tibet as integral parts of the communist state, official media said Saturday.

The campaign will help clear up confusion on China's policies that had arisen from faulty maps, the China Daily reported, citing Chen Bangzhu, director general of the state bureau of surveying and mapping.

"Some foreigners came to our diplomatic departments with the wrong maps published by China and asked 'Why do you insist that island belongs to you, while your maps have excluded it?'" Chen said, according to the paper.

The surveying bureau would help set up a team charged with weeding out flawed maps, threatening punishment for those who are found to be putting out wrong information, the paper said.

The bureau regularly tries to convince foreigners that their maps of China should include Taiwan and Tibet within the area controlled by Beijing. "We always ask organizers from other countries to withdraw those maps marking Taiwan and Tibet as an independent state," Chen said.

Taiwan was separated from the mainland at the end of a civil war in 1949.Beijing still considers the island a renegade province that must return to the motherland, by force if necessary. Beijing established official control over Tibet in 1951.


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