China may put Mao back on the map -- in Antarctica
BEIJING, Mar 30 (Reuters) Amundsen and Scott may have to share billing with Confucius and Mao Zedong when China publishes a new map of Antarctica.
Chinese researchers back from a four-month expedition said 46 newly surveyed Antarctic islands would receive Chinese names, state media said yesterday. Scholars, politicians, emperors and artists figured high on the 160-name shortlist.
''This first map will be a landmark contribution made by China to the world in Antarctic research,'' Xinhua news agency quoted Zhao Yue, a scientist on the expedition, as saying.
Zhao added that Chinese names should be featured given China's independent survey of the Grove area -- a mountainous area in Antarctica's eastern extreme -- and the prevalence of foreign names on Antarctic maps.
The map will be published in March 2007.
REUTERS CH BST1345