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Manila says it will not stamp new Chinese passport

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 02:36 p.m. HST, Nov 28, 2012


MANILA >> The Philippines has become the latest country to say it will not stamp visas in a new Chinese passport because it includes a map of the South China Sea that Manila says shows its territory.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said today that the visas will be stamped in a separate visa application form.

It said the move reinforces its protest formally conveyed to Beijing last week against China's "excessive claim over almost the entire South China Sea, including the West Philippine Sea."

It said stamping the passport could be seen as "legitimizing" China's claims.

Vietnam has already said it will not stamp the passports, while Taiwan has protested against the map's maritime borders and India has rejected the map's depiction of its northern border with China. India has retaliated by issuing Chinese citizens visas embossed with New Delhi's own maps.

The United States, which is taking no side in the territorial disputes but wants to ensure safe maritime traffic in one of the world's busiest sea lanes, has said it will raise its concerns over the map with Beijing.

China's Foreign Ministry says putting the map in the passport was not directed at any particular country.







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entrkn wrote:
The United States should refuse to accept this Chinese passport too...
on November 28,2012 | 10:11AM
Morimoto wrote:
Any passport issued by Israel should also not be stamped by any country if people are going to legitimize this protest. The US must be salivating over the idea of China making more countries angry. All the more reason to ramp up it's military industrial complex.
on November 28,2012 | 10:54AM
hikine wrote:
"China's Foreign Ministry says putting the map in the passport was not directed at any particular country." Deceiving statement, it's aimed at all Nations! Sneaky!
on November 28,2012 | 11:48AM
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