There can be little doubt that the technological prowess of China advances almost daily. Now the Chinese have set their sights on becoming some of the best emergency mappers in the world. In response to the natural disasters that often visit this Asian country, Chinese geospatial experts have been hard at work creating an approach that lives up to the idea that: "any effective disaster response starts with a map". More below:
(China Daily, October 18, 2013)
Comment: I've seen where multiple blocks of the city of Shanghai have been transformed almost overnight. I would expect to see the Chinese do the same in the emergency response/GIS world. Love it - competition is always a good thing!