Vietnam Bans Devices with China's Illegal Map of West PH Sea
The Vietnamese government has ordered that gadgets which show the controversial "nine-dash line" on its map be confiscated. Chinese-made smartphones and car GPS navigation devices, in particular, have been banned in a bid to stop the spread and normalization of China's "fictitious" "nine-dash line", according to a report by Taiwan News.
According to the General Department of Vietnam Customs, the continued use of the "nine-dash line" in everyday maps being used by its people represents "violations of Vietnam's territorial sovereignty." Measures are being made to prevent the controversial Chinese boundaries from showing up again in any form in Vietnam, said the Taiwan News report.
In October 2019, Vietnam also banned the animated film Abominable from its cinemas. The movie made use of a map that clearly showed the "nine-dash line" claim of China, which pushed its boundaries far into the West Philippine Sea and other territories—despite an official ruling by a United Nations Arbitral Tribunal in 2016 which disproved China's claim.
The Palace, meanwhile, left the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board to decide on the film's fate in local theaters. "Depende siguro 'yan sa MTRCB kung ano ang assessment nila,” said the presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo. The Philippine regulatory board pulled Abominable out, too.
Early Novemeber, the Bureau of Immigration resumed stamping Chinese passports which showed the "nine-dash line" claim, seven years after they stopped doing so in 2012. This was after the Department of Foreign Affairs stopped issuing Philippine visas to Chinese nationals on a separate paper and instead, placing them on the passports with the nine-dash line itself.
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.