Friday, August 7, 2009

Local media reacts to Google Earth's representation of Arunachal Pradesh

Representation of Arunachal Pradesh as an "Independent Nation or a Chinese territory" by Google Earth is not new and it was discused at Arunachal Diary almost two years back and quite recently Arunachal News had pointed out that Google Maps has started showing Arunachal Pradesh as Chinese Territory and all the places are marked in Chinese with Chinese names.

Now, the local media has finally taken notice of the errors made by Google Earth toward representation of Arunachal Pradesh; apparently after News Live channel reported on the same.

In it's todays edition, Arunachal Front has reported that Google has shown Arunachal in China.

"Only three days prior to the crucial 13th round Sino-India talks in New Delhi, world famous Google website has been showing Arunachal Pradesh in the map of China and this development is expected to echo in the ongoing Parliament session tomorrow."

Further, the author questions if the site has been hacked or if the error is deliberate to please China by Google Authority.

"Now the big question is - whether some hacker has corrupted the site or is it handiwork of the Google authority to please the Chinese who are laying their claim oa Arunachal and tried to unsuccessfully block an ADB loan for the state."


  • Google Spokesperson

    Earlier this week, as part of a routine update to Google Earth, we published new data for the Arunachal Pradesh region that changed the depiction of certain place names in the product. The change was a result of a mistake in our processing of new map data .We are in the process of reverting the data to its previous state, and expect the change to be visible in the product shortly. We would like to clarify that this issue did not impact our depiction of international borders.

    Google spokesperson

  • Anonymous

    Google Ditu (???? lit. "Google Maps") was released to the public on February 9, 2007, and replaced the old Google Bendi (???? lit. "Google Local"). This is the Chinese localized version of Google Maps and Google Local services.
    There are some differences in frontier alignments between Google Ditu and Google Maps. On Google Maps, sections of the Chinese border with India and Pakistan are shown with dotted lines, indicating areas or frontiers in dispute. However, Google Ditu shows the Chinese frontier strictly according to Chinese claims with no dotted lines indicating the border with India and Pakistan. For example, the area now administered by India called Arunachal Pradesh (referred to as "South Tibet" by China) is shown inside the Chinese frontier by Google Ditu, with Indian highways ending abruptly at the Chinese claim line. Google Ditu also shows Taiwan and the South China Sea Islands as part of China. As of May 2009, Google Ditu's street map coverage of Taiwan also omits major state organs, such as the Presidential Palace, the five Yuans, and the Supreme Court.
    There are some differences between and For example, the former does not feature My Maps. On the other hand, while the former displays virtually all text in Chinese, the latter displays most text (user-selectable real text as well as those on map) in English. Worthy of note is the oddity that this behavior of displaying English text is not consistent but intermittent - sometimes it is in English, sometimes it is in Chinese. The criteria for choosing which language is displayed is not known.

  • QB

    Google Maps China shows the entire state as well as Aksai Chin in J&K and parts of uttarakhand as chinese territory.

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  • Kophejnick

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