Monday, August 10, 2009

Arunachal Pradesh With Chinese Place Names

Ogle Earth has a nice write up on the recent mistake by Google Maps of placing Chinese place names on areas of Arunachal Pradesh. This is administered by India although China disputes India's authority over this region. The dotted white lines in the image below is the disputed Chinese version of political geography. Notice place names north of the white line (boundary between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh) are in Chinese, while those south of the line are in Hindi.

Source: Ogle Earth
Go read the article. It gives you a good idea about Google's policy regarding depiction of disputed border claims and the strange consequence of depicting different world borders depending upon which countries web servers the maps are being distributed from.

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