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Three Japanese punished for illegal surveying in China (2)
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22:09, July 10, 2007

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The SBSM said in a notice that the number of foreigners conducting surveying and mapping in China is on the rise and many field projects have been carried out illegally, which is a threat to national security.

Earlier this year, the SBSM uncovered a similar case of illegal mapping in northwest Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region involving 4 Japanese citizens.

And in April last year, two Japanese scholars were fined 80,000 yuan (10,250 U.S. dollars) and deported for mapping the coordinates of an airport and water facilities in Hotan of Xinjiang.

Statistics from the bureau showed there were 759 cases of illegal surveying and mapping in 2006, many of which involved foreign organizations and individuals.

According to a new regulation which came to effect on March 1 this year, foreign organizations and individuals who intend to engage in surveying and mapping must obtain approval from the central government and be supervised by local governments.

Source: Xinhua
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