Sunday, January 13, 2013

PH orders embassy in Beijing to verify new China map that highlights disputed islands

The government has ordered the Philippine embassy in Beijing to verify reports that
China has already published new maps that include disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea that are also being claimed by Manila. 

“We are aware of the reports released by Chinese media which is why the Department of Foreign Affairs
will be asking our embassy in Beijing to verify that particular report before we make any further comment," deputy presodential spokesperson Abigail Valte said on Sunday. 

According to Xinhua, China's official press agency, the maps also featured islands in East China Sea being claimed by Japan. 

Quoting information from China's National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation, Xinhua said the country had included in its new vertical-format maps over 130 islands and islets in the South China, "most fo which have not been featured on previous maps of China."  

Also, the report said that a "zoomed illustration" of the Diaoyu or Senkaku Islands being claimed by Japan had been included in the bottom-left corner of the maps "displaying their positional relations and those of their affiliated islets with the Chinese mainland and Taiwan. 

In the old horizontal maps, only bigger islands such as the Xisha, Zhongsha, and Nansha islands were featured.-Interaksyon (January 13, 2013 3:58PM)

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