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Philippines asks bookstores not to sell China-made globes [Copy link] 中文

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After protesting over controversial maps in Chinese passports claiming sovereignty over disputed South China Sea, the Philippines has asked all book stores in the country not to sell globes made in China as they carried the same maps depicting "misinformation".

Bookshops selling Chinese-made globes in the Philippines have agreed to withdraw them from sale after being told by the government that they depict "misinformation" by reflecting Beijing's claim to almost the entire South China Sea, which Manila staunchly opposes.

The globes show the so-called "nine-dash line", long used by Beijing to depict the extent of its claim to sovereignty over waters and islands that are also claimed by other Asian nations, including the Philippines, the Hong Kong-based South China Postreported.

Spokesperson of the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs, (DFA) Raul Hernandez said, "The DFA has been able to validate that educational globes which reflect China's nine-dash lines encompassing the South China Sea are being retailed locally by establishments that are totally unaware about the maritime disputes between the Philippines and China."

"The management of these establishments are proactively prepared to discuss with the DFA, remedies to be able to address the misinformation contained in the educational globes," he said.

"The Philippines asserts that China's nine-dash line claim is an excessive claim in violation of international law," the Post quoted him as saying.

The action was taken after a group of Filipinos on social networking site Facebook first drew attention to the controversial globes.

China's aggressive stand to pursue its territorial claims with neighbours created a furore last year as it started printing the maps on the e-Chinese passports making it difficult for the countries with disputes, including India to stamp visas as it amounted to tacitly endorsing the Chinese stand.

While India countered with stamping its own official map while issuing visas, the Philippines and Vietnam which have counter claims over South China Sea along with Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan protested Beijing's move.

For its part, Vietnam began to issue stapled visas, (on separate paper), which China did for residents of Jammu and Kashmir in 2009 before revoking it following protests from India.

"We feel we owe it to our country. Others may find this issue of little consequence, but if we cannot address this, then how do you think we can address South China Sea issue?", Filipino telecom engineer David Valencia said.

"Our country is contesting the nine-dash line with China and at the United Nations, yet we have these in our schools, offices and homes," he said.


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Soft Power ???
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it's not a big deal. I will bring one when I go to Manila next month.
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Take care, that the "friendly!" Filipinos will not polish your nose.
Now that awareness is raised, every flimpsy globe from China will be inspected carefully.
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Post time 2013-2-14 10:42:31 |Display all floors
Cheap Chinese globes depicting claims to all of South China Sea selling in Manila store

Exclusive - By Raïssa Robles
Posted at 02/13/2013 1:10 PM | Updated as of 02/13/2013 1:10 PM
Students, be aware.

The globe you might be using for your geography lessons might have China’s nine-dash line markings to show the world it owns all of South China Sea.

According to China, this includes Scarborough Shoal and the Recto Bank where the Philippines recently found huge gas deposits.

I did not stumble on this story. It was handed to me by a group of concerned Filipinos, one of whom – telecoms engineer David Valencia – took the trouble to e-mail me.

Alan went to National Book Store to see the globes for himself and saw them selling quite cheaply.

A small one costs P98.00 while the bigger one is P198.00. They are easily dented and damaged and have a wobbly fit in their stands. The nine-dash line is prominently marked and even encloses Taiwan. In contrast, a globe made in the United States – and sold in the same store for ten times more or 2000 pesos – does not show any lines in the South China Sea.

International law expert Harry Roque laughed when asked to comment about the globes. He said China “wants the world to believe it owns (all of) South China Sea. It’s good we already filed for arbitration” before the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea.

UP law Professor Roque also said the unwitting purchase and use of such globes would not bolster China’s case because the book store is not a state agency. But this may harm the store’s reputation – “now schoolchildren may have to be forewarned that not everything it sells is accurate.”

A bookstore official told me they were never aware of the nine-dash markings. But now they are. She said they were open to pulling them off the shelves.

I have made the slide presentation below on what Valencia and his friends found out and what my hubby Alan and I found out.
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Post time 2013-2-14 10:59:29 |Display all floors
Manila stores to pull Chinese-made globes showing claims to islands
Manila tells bookshops that globes depicting the nine-dash line convey 'misinformation' over territorial claims to disputed islands

Bookshops selling Chinese-made globes in the Philippines have agreed to withdraw them from sale after being told by the government that they depict "misinformation" by reflecting Beijing's claim to almost the entire South China Sea.

The globes show the so-called "nine-dash line", long used by Beijing to depict the extent of its claim to sovereignty over waters and islands that are also claimed by other Asian nations, including the Philippines.

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Raul Hernandez said yesterday: "The DFA has been able to validate that educational globes which reflect China's nine-dash lines encompassing the South China Sea are being retailed locally by establishments that are totally unaware about the maritime disputes between the Philippines and China."

He added: "The management of these establishments are proactively prepared to discuss with the DFA remedies to be able to address the misinformation contained in the educational globes. The Philippines asserts that China's nine-dash line claim is an excessive claim in violation of international law."

A group of Filipinos on the social networking site Facebook first drew attention to the globes.

Telecommunications engineer David Valencia said he and his friends were annoyed after one of them posted photos of two globes: one, bought three years ago in Manila, had the dashes marked "discreetly". Another globe on sale at the National Book Store chain "have the lines, very vulgar", Valencia said. He added that he had asked the bookshop - the largest in the country, with 128 outlets - to stop selling it but received no reply.

He then e-mailed news outlets because, he says: "We feel we owe it to our country. Others may find this issue of little consequence, but if we cannot address this little issue, how do you think we can address an issue the size of West Philippine Sea [South China Sea]?

"These globes find their way to our schools, offices and homes and are instruments of teaching to our young generation. Our country is contesting the nine-dash line with China and at the United Nations, yet we have these in our schools, offices and homes."

Our country is contesting the nine-dash line with China and at the United Nations, yet we have these in our schools, offices and homes
The plastic globes sell in the National Book Store for 98 pesos (HK$18.6) for a small one, while the bigger one is 198 pesos. The nine-dash line is prominently marked on both. More expensive globes made in the United States that sell for 2,000 pesos do not show any territorial lines.

A shop official, who declined to be named, said that it was willing to remove the Chinese globes from sale and had notified the supplier.

She said they had not previously been aware of any problem because they merely checked the globes for spelling and correct names of countries and capitals.

The same shop sells Philippine territorial maps, which include the disputed Spratly Islands - known as the Nansha group in China and the Kalayaan islands in the Philippines.

Cartographical matters have provided a running side argument in the South China Sea territorial disputes. Previously, a Chinese embassy official in Manila said that Manila's territorial claims were not reflected in maps sold commercially.

Manila criticised Beijing in November for printing its territorial claims on newly issued Chinese passports.

International law expert Harry Roque said China "wants the world to believe it owns [all of] the South China Sea. It's good [the Philippines] have filed for arbitration" before the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea.

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