Google map lists National Taiwan Library as ‘Taipei China Library’

Library director has demanded a correction from Google

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The National Taiwan Library (image left by Taiwantaffy at Wikicommons, image right from Google Maps)

The National Taiwan Library (image left by Taiwantaffy at Wikicommons, image right from Google Maps) (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - The director of the National Taiwan Library (國立台灣圖書館) has protested to Google Maps about its website listing his institution as “Taipei China Library”(中國台北圖書館), reports said Wednesday.

A member of staff at the library in the Zhonghe District of New Taipei City discovered the wrong name on Tuesday morning, the Central News Agency reported.

Members of the public also informed the library about the fact, Director Zheng Lai-chang (鄭來長) said, adding that he went through regular online channels to ask the Google Maps site manager to correct the mistake.

The website’s procedure was rather slow, but if a similar change were to appear on the library’s own site, management would immediately intervene, Zheng told CNA. He also pointed out that Google Maps had originally used the correct name, but somebody must have interfered to have it changed.

China has been waging a campaign to force multinational corporations such as airlines and hotel chains to drop references on their websites to Taiwan as a separate country.

The National Taiwan Library dates back to the 1895-1945 Japanese colonial era and today also manages the old National Assembly Hall on Yangmingshan.