The Chinese government has been stepping up objections to certain print jobs. A lot of printing gets done in China (because it is so cheap) but lately they’ve been throwing their weight around by objecting to certain publications. A new atlas to be published by Millennium House, Earth, has been printed in Hong Kong after China objected to the way certain regions (namely Tibet and Taiwan) were treated by the publisher. The government had embargoed titles from Millenium House last year because of the publisher’s treatment of these two areas. Gordon Cheers, managing director of Millenium House, said objections to certain print jobs in China was “only recent – in the last 18 months”. Another book, Putting Queensland on the Map by Felicity Jack (published by UNSW Press), was also turned down by a Chinese printer earlier this year for the way it addresses the situation in Tibet.

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