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Google’s deletion of the words ‘Taiwan, a province of the People’s Republic of China’ from a map of Taiwan on its map search engine has incurred Beijing’s wrath. The words have been deleted at the top left corner of the page. Instead, arrows and some other graphics have been placed through which the map can be moved or enlarged. According to news reports 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 hardline Taiwan Solidarity Union party). Peng Keyu, consul general
of the Chinese consulate in San Francisco, voiced objection to the Google decision and urged it to follow the American government’s allegiance to the one-China principle. Google spokesman Debbie Frost claimed that this alteration was just a “regular update” of all of the site’s map pages rather than a deliberate effort to specially update the Taiwan page.