“Israel is no longer a country on China’s electronic map Baidu map“
Attention has been drawn on social media about the fact that the nation of Israel does not appear on two of the most popular online digital maps produced by Chinese companies.
Last week, The Wall Street Journal noted that some “internet users in China are expressing bewilderment” that Chinese tech giants Alibaba and Baidu omit the name of Israel entirely from their Middle East maps.
While Chinese-language maps from Baidu “demarcate the internationally recognized borders of Israel, as well as the Palestinian territories,” they don’t identify the country “by name,” according to WSJ.
The names of neighboring countries, such as Cyprus, Jordan and Iraq, are still visible on the Baidu maps.
The Alibaba-backed Amap, meanwhile, also identified countries equivalent to the size of modern-day Israel, like Luxembourg, by name while omitting the name of Israel, WSJ reported.
Chinese-born human rights activist Jennifer Zeng confirmed the report and shared a copy of the Baidu map.
“Israel is no longer a country on China’s electronic map Baidu map. It’s true, I just checked it.“
This post originally appeared on The Christian Post