Taiwan, September 24, 2014: Taiwan's first ever project to map the disputed South China sea with high-resolution satellite imagery is nearing completion.
The unusually detailed maps are being drawn at a 1:5000 scale using satellite imagery and are expected to be completed in about a year's time.
Currently, there are seven Asian countries lay claim to various parts of the South China Sea.
One of the prime objectives of Taiwan behind the mapping project is to promote its often overlooked maritime claims that are as large as China's and those of few other Asian governments.
Alexander Huang, strategic studies professor with Tamkang University in Taiwan feels that the new maps will give Taiwan "more evidence of its claim and show that we’re not shying away from this issue.”