China not planning to shut down Microsoft or Google mapping services

It looks as though mapping services provided in China by both Microsoft and Google are no longer under threat of being shut down, according to the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping. The State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping said, "We will not investigate or shut down the websites that have submitted their applications and are under examination.” According to TMCNet this marked the first the time that regulator has denied that it had plans to close the two companies' online mapping services.

The rumors of the mapping service closures came when the bureau originally stated that they would begin to close down websites that had not qualified or applied for a mapping license before July 1st. The bureau went on to say that because they have already received applications to provide mapping services from both Google and Microsoft, they wouldn’t be closing them down. Google’s Chinese spokesperson Marsha Wang would not comment on the issue but did say, “We're in discussions with the government about how we can offer a mapping product in China".

Regulations in China have changed recently. It used to be that in order to provide mapping services in the country, a foreign company had to form a joint venture with a Chinese counterpart who held a controlling stake. This ruling changed in June, meaning that foreign companies rather than a Chinese based one could control the company if need be.

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" It used to be that in order to provide mapping services in the country, a foreign company had to form a joint venture with a Chinese counterpart who held a controlling stake"

What was the reasoning behind this rule?

FMH said,
" It used to be that in order to provide mapping services in the country, a foreign company had to form a joint venture with a Chinese counterpart who held a controlling stake"

What was the reasoning behind this rule?

Well obv wanted to be more self sufficient but at the same time allow for competition.

FMH said,
" It used to be that in order to provide mapping services in the country, a foreign company had to form a joint venture with a Chinese counterpart who held a controlling stake"

What was the reasoning behind this rule?

probably so they can control the service.. for example cuba and some of those smaller countries do this as well... Also because they want china to be seen in a good way so they may not let Bing take HD pictures of some of the dirtier slums...

FMH said,
" It used to be that in order to provide mapping services in the country, a foreign company had to form a joint venture with a Chinese counterpart who held a controlling stake"

What was the reasoning behind this rule?

Although its probably primarily so that the Chinese government can administer control over the service such as the removal of military bases etc if needed without putting in requests to international firms which would no doubt then appear across the internet, its probably also to stimulate home grown web products. Otherwise large international firms move in, and shut the competition down.

Its possible that the change is related to poor home grown mapping products, or the establishment of home grown products to the point where the market can now handle international competition.

Or Google and Microsoft have adhered to whatever regulations exist for such products to exist.