China Wipes Israel From Digital Map

Chinese companies Baidu and Alibaba removed the name of the state of Israel from their digital maps on Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported.

Baidu’s map demarcates Israel’s internationally recognized borders, including major cities and Palestinian territory, but does not include Israel’s name. Exit report. Alibaba’s map identifies less recognizable countries like Luxembourg, but excludes the Israel label.

The report said social media users recently noticed that Israel was missing from China’s maps, but it was unclear whether this was a new development. However, amid Hamas’s October 7 attack on Israel, China has taken an ambivalent stance diplomatically in the region.

Neither company responded to WSJ’s questions about the move.

China has expressed anger over the map’s depiction in the past.

Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials are furious with NBCUniversal for displaying an “incomplete” map of China during the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The map did not include Taiwan or the South China Sea, which are recognized as Chinese territory. (Related: Vietnam bans screening of ‘Barbie’ movie over territorial dispute with China)

China claims territory from Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei as its territory, despite a 2016 ruling in The Hague rejecting this claim. For years, the Chinese government has carried out military patrols around military bases on man-made islands in the South China Sea to strengthen its territorial claims, the paper said. BBC.

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