Google Maps Deletes Chinese Name of Scarborough Shoal


Google succumbed to Filipino protests for the Chinese name of a disputed West Philippine Sea shoal, claimed by both China and the Philippines, in Google’s map service. The Google Maps now calls the island to its original international name – Scarborough Shoal.

Google previously labeled it as Huangyan Dao in Chinese and being part of the Zhongsha island chain. More than 2,000 Filipinos launched an online campaign to protest its identification as part of the Chinese territory.

Scarborough Shoal, also known as Scarborough Reef, is a shoal located between the Macclesfield Bank and Luzon island in the South China Sea. The shoal was named after an East India Company tea-clipper which was wrecked on one of its rocks on September 12, 1784. The shoal is about 198 kilometres west of Subic Bay and 650 kilometers away from China’s southernmost province.

That little, red oblong shape on the title image represents Scarborough Reef.

Last Monday, the Philippine delegation ended their discussions and arguments over a United Nations tribunal in The Hague, asking for international arbitration over the illegal claims of China. The latter, on the other hand, continues to insist on bilateral talks over any UN decision.

Read more about Google’s removal of the Chinese name at Focus Taiwan News Channel.

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