China crackdown on maps sparks major production delays

China crackdown on maps sparks major production delays

A new censorship crackdown in China has led to Beijing officals checking all books being printed in the country for maps, causing delays of up to eight weeks for production teams and derailing launches for books featuring any kind of map.

Chinese censors have long taken a hard line on politically-charged subjects such as Tibet, Taiwan and the Tiananmen Square massacre. But, since late last year, the authorities have been tightening their printing approval processes and the main source of contention is maps.

Printing firms and publishers say books being printed for publication both within ...

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