Vietnam refuses to stamp Chinese passports with controversial map

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China new passportVietnamese immigration officials are refusing to stamp new Chinese passports featuring the nine-dash line that represents China’s claim on most of the South China Sea, Tuoi Tre News reported. Holders of these passports are, instead, issued with a separate on-arrival visa. This is to avoid inadvertently recognising China’s claim, the paper wrote.

Just a few days ago, the Arbitral Tribunal at The Hague ruled in a case lodged by the Philippines that the nine-dash line was illegal and breached Manila’s territorial rights, but China refuses to recognise the ruling. Vietnam, with maritime claims that overlap China’s, said that it welcomes the verdict but it did not succeed in pressing the ASEAN community to confront China with the issue after the Philippines relented.

There are also reports that Vietnamese customs officials are confiscating maps showing the nine-dash line from Chinese tourists.

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Written “welcome greeting” by Vietnam border official: “F*ck you”

In another incident, a female Chinese tourist complained that a Vietnamese border official at Ho Chi Minh City airport on July 23 scribbled offense words on two pages of her passport that show the controversial map.

“The border staff kept my passport for around three minutes and after I got it back, I saw ‘F*ck you’ was scribbled on two pages where nine-dash line is printed”, the woman said, who expressed her disappointment at Vietnamese civil servants’ appalling conducts, the People’s Daily reported.

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Vietnamese immigration officials are refusing to stamp new Chinese passports featuring the nine-dash line that represents China’s claim on most of the South China Sea, Tuoi Tre News reported. Holders of these passports are, instead, issued with a separate on-arrival visa. This is to avoid inadvertently recognising China’s claim, the paper wrote.

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China new passportVietnamese immigration officials are refusing to stamp new Chinese passports featuring the nine-dash line that represents China’s claim on most of the South China Sea, Tuoi Tre News reported. Holders of these passports are, instead, issued with a separate on-arrival visa. This is to avoid inadvertently recognising China’s claim, the paper wrote.

Just a few days ago, the Arbitral Tribunal at The Hague ruled in a case lodged by the Philippines that the nine-dash line was illegal and breached Manila’s territorial rights, but China refuses to recognise the ruling. Vietnam, with maritime claims that overlap China’s, said that it welcomes the verdict but it did not succeed in pressing the ASEAN community to confront China with the issue after the Philippines relented.

There are also reports that Vietnamese customs officials are confiscating maps showing the nine-dash line from Chinese tourists.

Chinese passport FY
Written “welcome greeting” by Vietnam border official: “F*ck you”

In another incident, a female Chinese tourist complained that a Vietnamese border official at Ho Chi Minh City airport on July 23 scribbled offense words on two pages of her passport that show the controversial map.

“The border staff kept my passport for around three minutes and after I got it back, I saw ‘F*ck you’ was scribbled on two pages where nine-dash line is printed”, the woman said, who expressed her disappointment at Vietnamese civil servants’ appalling conducts, the People’s Daily reported.

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