Italian journal to retract Chinese map's validity after Vietnam protest

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An Italian journal will publish a correction notice about a Chinese map published in April in response to protests by Vietnamese scientists, Vietnamnet reported Tuesday.


The Journal of Waste Management will state that the map used by a group of Chinese scientists from Shanghai in their article named Municipal solid waste source-separated collection in China: A comparative analysis contained incorrect information, the report said.


The map used to illustrate Chinese cities where the group conducted tests for their study was found to include the nine-dash, or U-shaped line, with which China claims over 80 percent of the East Sea.


The line, previously printed in several Chinese maps, has drawn objections from neighboring countries like Vietnam and the Philippines, but this was the first time it was included in an official scientific article, Vietnamnet reported.


China's latest move has drawn a great deal of attention and objection from Vietnamese experts, it added.


It quoted To Van Truong, former head of Southern Institute for Water Resources Planning, as saying that many of his  overseas colleagues told him the journal has published many articles with maps by Chinese scientists before, but they have never included the U-shaped line.


"It's obvious that China has made an intentional move with the purpose of gaining approval of international community," Truong said.


Truong said Vietnam needs to strongly oppose such actions by China, because the journal is world famous and has great influence on international scientific community.


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