Daily Archives: 25 Jan 14

How the U.S. Maps the Worlds Most Disputed Territories

‘When the United States decides to recognize a new government, or an existing country changes its name, Leo Dillon and his team at the State Department spring into action.Dillon heads the Geographical Information Unit, which is responsible for ensuring the boundaries and names on government maps reflect U.S. policy. The team also keeps an eye on border skirmishes and territorial disputes throughout the world and makes maps that are used in negotiating treaties and truces. These days, Dillon says, maritime borders are where much of the action is. The recent political squabbling and military posturing between China and Japan over the tiny islands known as Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan is one potentially worrisome case in point.’ (Wired Science).