According to those who are worried about the game, they fear that it is a tool developed by the Japanese and the US to help weed out China’s military bases by seeing where users aren’t allowed to go and capture Pokemon. In the past we’ve seen issues with Google and Google Maps accidentally revealing Taiwan’s classified military bases, so we guess there is a basis for concern, even if it was an accidental discovery.
The speculation is that by placing rare Pokemon in places that are less travelled, and by observing the fact that no one attempts to go and capture said Pokemon, it could be deduced that the location has restricted access and could potentially be a military base. A message circulating Weibo reads, “Then, when war breaks out, Japan and the U.S. can easily target their guided missiles, and China will have been destroyed by the invasion of a Japanese-American game.”
That being said, it is unclear if this concern is just limited to a few individuals or if this is something the government truly believes themselves, but in the meantime gamers in China have expressed their excitement and anticipation of the game.