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China passport map flap grows

The Philippines has joined Vietnam in refusing to stamp China's new electronic passports.

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A man in Beijing displays his visa for the United States. (China Photos/Getty Images)

The Philippines has joined Vietnam in refusing to stamp China's new electronic passports because they contain maps that show almost all of the South China Sea as Chinese territory, Voice of America reported. The Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan say parts of the South China Sea belong to them.

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The Philippine foreign ministry said it wanted to avoid “legitimizing” the map by stamping the passports, VOA reported. Instead, officials said, they would stamp visas for Chinese visitors carrying the new passport on a separate piece of paper.

Vietnam began issuing separate visa sheets to new Chinese passport holders rather than stamping inside the pages last week, Xinhua News Agency reported.

India has also objected to the map, which depicts two Indian-controlled Himalayan areas as Chinese territory, the Associated Press reported. Last week, Indian passport officials began covering up the map in Chinese passports with a visa design that shows Aksai Chin, in Kashmir, and Arunachal Pradesh, on the border with Chinese-run Tibet, within India’s borders.

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The controversy has grown large enough that, on Tuesday, US officials said Washington planned to raise concerns with Beijing over the map because it’s causing "tension and anxiety" among its neighbors, the AP reported.

According to the AP:

The US has no territorial claim itself but says it has a national interest in the stability of a region vital to global trade.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/121128/china-passport-map-flap-grows

Pascal C More than 1 year ago
So why are US immigration still stamping Fake Chinese passports.
Fadi Ayat More than 1 year ago
Who the hell is the United States to talk.. They are still supporting the terrorist state of Israel.
John Fuhlendorf More than 1 year ago
I've said this to both Israelis and Arabs alike .....Both groups are arguing over sand!! You are here but for a blink in God's eye. Get along or move to some other part of the world.The world is big enough that you can find another place where you can live in peace .Get over it