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China to launch campaign against incorrect maps

Beijing, China: The National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation (NASMG), China, announced that it will launch a campaign against publication of maps with information that could undermine sovereignty and state security. The campaign, co-launched by 13 departments, including the NASMG, the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the Foreign Ministry, will be formally launched in June and last until October.

The NASMG explained that the campaign will focus on maps with incorrect national boundaries and missing territory in teaching materials, travel guides and imported publications.

Publications with incorrect maps will be recalled and destroyed if their flaws are serious, while websites that offer map services that are found to undermine sovereignty and state security will be punished or shut down entirely, the NASMG said.

The campaign will also strengthen supervision over the market for terrestrial globes to prevent unauthorised production. In addition, a network to safeguard geodata will be established through the joint efforts of several departments in order to prevent illegal mapping activity.

Source: China Daily