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Taiwan demands Apple map correction

2013/10/29 16:23:31

Taipei, Oct. 29 (CNA) Taiwan has contacted Apple Inc. over its new map app, which lists the country as a province of China, and has demanded that a correction be made, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said Tuesday.

The ministry instructed its office in San Francisco to issue the demand after noticing that the country is listed as "Taiwan Province, China" in simplified Chinese characters in the map app recently launched along with Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems, said Kelly Hsieh, head of the ministry's Department of North American Affairs.

This clearly does not match the reality and degrades Taiwan, he said during a regular ministry briefing.

"We'll make every effort on this issue. No compromise will be made over this kind of matter," Hsieh said.

The U.S.-based company officially released iOS 7 for its mobile devices -- iPhones and iPads -- Sept. 18, while Mac OS X Mavericks has been available for download for desktop and laptop users since Oct. 23.

On Apple's website, by contrast, Taiwan is listed in the traditional Chinese characters used here without the word "province" or "China" attached.

Taiwan is sensitive about how it is described, as it is often listed as a province of China, although the communist government in Beijing has never ruled the island.

(By Angela Tsai and Kay Liu)