A Chinese government agency has submitted its own online mapping service, designed to compete with the popular Google Earth, which could mean new challenges for Google's services in mainland China.
The new service named 'World Map' has been submitted by the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping of China. The Chinese service offers maps of the capital, although certain areas of the country do not appear to be state secrets.
The Great Wall is one of the most important elements that can be queried with the new service.
Google and China have been in dispute since last year, when an attack by hackers based in China led the Internet giant to withdraw its search engine from the mainland.
The Chinese government defends its right to grant licenses to suppliers that do not meet your requirements. Google is not the only company that does not have this license, sites like YouTube or Picasa are banned in China.