China has completed a vertical map which puts equal emphasis on its land and maritime territories, state-run Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday.
The map, made by Hunan Map Press, has been cleared for publication by the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation.
It includes islands and waters in the South China Sea which were drawn to the same scale.
“The map should help correct misconceptions that territories carry different weights and help maintain maritime rights and territorial integrity,” Hunan Map Press editor-in-chief Lei Yixun was quoted as saying.
In the past, China has used horizontal maps that focused on its land area.
These featured bigger islands such as Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha groups illustrated in the bottom-right corner at half the scale used for the Chinese mainland, the report said.
The new map includes more than 130 islands and islets in the South China Sea, most of which have not been featured on previous Chinese maps.
“The goal is to serve the Chinese public. As for intentions, I think there is no need to make too much of any association here,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a news briefing.
“China’s position on the South China Sea issue is consistent and extremely clear. Our stance has not changed,” Hua said.
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