Taiwan Complains About Google Maps, NOT Google Earth

You may read stories about Taiwan complaining about its representation in Google Earth. But, the problem is with Google Maps more so than Google Earth. In Google Maps, if you type Taiwan, the result on the map simply says “Taiwan”, but the location is described as “Taiwan, Province of China”. Taiwan is in an uproar and wants it changed to “Republic of Taiwan”. However, in Google Earth both the map and the description simply reads “Taiwan”. One of the first to break the story was The Register, and they probably helped stimulate this misconception. So, many of the headlines are wrong unless they say “Google Maps”.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Taiwan, Province of China

    Taiwan has asked Google to stop labelling it as a “province of China” in Google Maps. BBC coverage (via Cartography). Google Maps Mania has an excellent post that includes links to other news sources. Google Earth Blog and Ogle Earth…

  2. 也说Google地图中

  3. panayitis says:

    hi.. I’m from Cyprus, a eu country and cyprus’ map does NOT exist in google maps.. Why? The only country in the world is USA? I can’t understand that! I know it’s a small country but we LIVE here.. I bought an iPhone and I can’t use the maps..
    You should be shamed..

  4. Jonatan Karlsson says:

    If a cat gives birth to its kittens in a baking owen, does that mean that the kittens are cookies?

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