Google, Baidu, Sohu Search Engines Spanked by People's Republic of China

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The Chinese government claims search engines are spying on the People's Republic via online mapping. Communist Chinese officials are worried satellite maps will reveal state secrets and damage the so-called integrity of borders, according to The People's Daily, a Chinese government-controlled newspaper.

Google, Baidu and Sohu have all been warned not to use satellite images to show sensitive regions of the People's Republic of China. With the Beijing Olympics scheduled for August, there's no desire to showcase the communist state's military power or disputed borders.

Nor does the Chinese government welcome any further attention on the crisis in Tibet.

The UK Inquirer reported today that the vice head of the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping, Min Yiren, said authorities were trying to eliminate all Internet maps which 'wrongly' depicted China's borders, or show locations of military bases and army presence.

Last month Chinese state media said the government would crack down on sites showing roughly 10,000 unapproved maps. Taiwan for example should not be shown as an independent nation since it's a disputed territory.

The People's Daily called out Internet search engine giant Google, along with China's own Sohu and Baidu for illegal mapping.

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