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Post time 2012-11-24 13:44:42 |Display all floors
Chinese passport angers Vietnam

BEIJING —China has included its South China Sea territorial claims on maps printed inside new Chinese passports, infuriating at least one of its neighbours — Vietnam has formally complained to Beijing about the documents.

"The Vietnamese side has taken note of this matter and the two sides are discussing it, but so far there has been no result," Vietnam’s embassy in Beijing said.

Other countries that have clashed with China over the resource-rich region are also worried Beijing is seeking implicit recognition of its territorial claims through the passports, which would be stamped every time a Chinese citizen visits.

"This is viewed as quite a serious escalation, because China is issuing millions of these new passports, and adult passports are valid for 10 years," said one senior Beijing-based diplomat, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue.

Territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas have overshadowed Asia-Pacific summits attended by US President Barack Obama this week, with Southeast Asian nations divided on how to respond to an increasingly assertive China. Beijing claims virtually the entire South China Sea.

The claims are represented on Chinese maps by a "nine-dash line" that extends to the coastlines of the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia. The dashes enclose a region that is believed to be rich in undersea energy reserves and also incorporate the self-ruled island of Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its territory.

China’s ministry of public security oversees the design and issuance of the passports. The passports also include pictures of two tourist destinations in Taiwan.

"The map on the passport is not directed at any specific country," the foreign ministry said. "China is willing to actively communicate with the relevant countries."

Shi Yinhong, a professor of international affairs at Renmin University, said the decision to include the map was probably made at ministerial level rather than by China’s top leaders.
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Post time 2012-11-24 13:45:26 |Display all floors
China passports anger India
Published: 23/11/2012 at 08:55 PMOnline news: Asia   
India has objected to new Chinese passports that label disputed regions along the joint border as Chinese, Indian officials and news reports said on Friday.

The computer-chip passports are equipped with a map that has also angered people in Taiwan and the Philippines by showing some of their territory as Chinese.

Sources in the Indian government said Beijing was issuing e-passports to its citizens that showed a map which includes the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin, a region in Kashmir, as part of China.

Indian missions in China have retaliated by issuing visas with an Indian version of the maps that mark these regions as belonging to India.

Currently, India administers Arunachal Pradesh, while China administers Aksai Chin. India disputes China's rule over 38,000 square kilometres of land in Aksai Chin, while China has laid claims to 90,000 square kilometres of territory in Arunachal Pradesh.

India had not taken up the matter with China, but this could be possible in the next few days, the official said.

The row comes just ahead of National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon's visit to China for talks on bilateral border problems, NDTV reported.

In past years, China has refused to give visas to visitors from Arunachal Pradesh, claiming it was a Chinese territory. It had also started issuing separate visas to visitors from the state of Jammu and Kashmir, claiming it was not a part of India.

Boundary issues have often soured Sino-Indian relations, which have seen an improvement in recent years, driven by economic and trade ties. China has become India's largest trading partner in recent years, with volumes touching $75 billion annually.
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Post time 2012-11-24 13:46:40 |Display all floors
Phl protests China passports stamped with sea claim

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines protested yesterday China’s printing of a map of the disputed West Philippine Sea on newly issued Chinese e-passports.

“The Philippines strongly protests the inclusion of the nine-dash lines in the e-passport as such image covers an area that is clearly part of the Philippine territory and maritime domain,” the Philippines said in a note verbale Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario read before the media.

The map is called “nine-dash line” or “nine-dotted line” because it shows a series of nine dashes or dotted lines forming a ring around the West Philippine Sea area, which China claims to be part of its territory.

The area includes the Kalayaan group of islands, a cluster of oil-rich islands disputed by five other countries, including the Philippines.

China has been using the map with nine dashes in asserting its territorial claim over the whole of the West Philippine Sea. The map first made its way to the United Nations when China used it to challenge the claim made by Vietnam and Malaysia over their extended continental shelves.

“The Philippines demands that China respect the territory and maritime domain of the Philippines. The action of China is contrary to the spirit of the DOC (Declaration of Conduct) of Parties in the South China Sea particularly on the provision calling on parties to refrain from actions that complicate and escalate the dispute,” Del Rosario said.

Sea with the waters, islands, rocks, other maritime features and the continental shelf within the 200 nautical miles from the baselines form an integral part of Philippine territory and maritime jurisdiction.

The Philippines also lodged a diplomatic protest against China’s nine-dash line territorial claim over the whole of West Philippine Sea in April 2011.

Del Rosario said he was informed about China’s claims on new Chinese passports, but there was no opportunity to raise the matter with the Chinese side on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit held recently in Phnom Penh.

“It was mentioned to me briefly as I was leaving,” he said.

Vietnam also lodges protest

Vietnam had also written to China in protest against the new passports and asked it to “reverse their incorrect content,” said Luong Thanh Nghi, a spokesman for Vietnam’s foreign ministry.

“This action by China has violated Vietnam’s sovereignty to the Paracel and Spratly islands as well as our sovereign rights and jurisdiction to related maritime areas in the South China Sea, or the East Sea,” he told a news conference.

Malaysia and Brunei are also claimants in the dispute.

China’s foreign ministry said in a faxed response to questions that the new passports met international standards.

“The passports’ maps with their outlines of China are not targeting a specific country. China is willing to actively communicate with the relevant countries and promote the healthy development of Sino-foreign personnel exchanges,” it said.

It was not clear when China began printing the new passports.

United stand

Meanwhile, Sen. Loren Legarda has echoed the call of President Aquino in seeking a united stand on the territorial problems with China among ASEAN members.

Legarda noted that this year’s ASEAN adopted the theme “Phnom Penh Declaration on ASEAN: One Community, One Destiny.”

The declaration underscored the commitment of ASEAN members to uphold the collective commitment reflected in the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and the universally recognized principles of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and to move for a regional code of conduct.

“ASEAN needs to be consistent with its declaration,” said Legarda, chairman of the Senate committee on foreign relations.

“Clearly, UNCLOS was not considered in isolation of the proposed solutions under this declaration. I do note that the leaders have decided to seek early talks with China on a regional code of conduct,” she said.

Legarda said it would be interesting to find out if the member countries have at least agreed on an ASEAN position on its key elements and features before they initiate discussions with China.

“Maritime security and cooperation in ensuring freedom of navigation, in combating piracy, and in maintaining peace and stability in the region must be strengthened. ASEAN is in a unique and critical position to help preserve peace in the region by effectively shepherding the process of producing a binding Code of Conduct in the South China Sea,” Legarda said.

“We recognize that ASEAN unity is vital in addressing the challenges facing the region today, but certainly not at the expense of compromising our national interest,” she said.

“ASEAN unity and the promotion of each member’s national interest are complementary goals that cannot be pursued in isolation of the other,” she said.

Legarda said the President was right when he objected to the ASEAN chairman’s view that “a consensus on putting the discussions within an ASEAN-China framework had been reached.”

“I welcome President Aquino’s unfettered resolve to remind his fellow leaders to achieve unity in ASEAN’s stand and approach in handling disputes with China over conflicting claims to the strategically vital West Philippine Sea,” Legarda said.

“I support the President’s call for constructive dialogue and for a reaffirmation of respect for international law, particularly the (UNCLOS) in resolving the disputes,” she said. – With Christina Mendez, AP
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Post time 2012-11-24 13:48:15 |Display all floors
India, China in passport, map row again

India and China are once again locked in a war over maps, with Beijing showing Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin as its territories in its new e-passports. In response, New Delhi has started issuing visas with India’s map stamped on the visa stickers, including both Arunachal and Aksai Chin.

The face-off began a few weeks ago, after New Delhi discovered the maps in the e-passports of Chinese nationals visiting India. Instead of rejecting the passports altogether, a “fairly considered” decision was taken to issue visa stickers with a stamp of the Indian map on it.

The Indian Embassy in Beijing raised the issue through a demarche with the Chinese Foreign Ministry and also told them about its decision to stamp the visas with an Indian map. Since issuing new visa stickers and aligning the same with the safety parameters would have been a longer process, a decision was taken to just stamp them with the Indian maps.

The Chinese passports with Arunachal, Aksai Chin in its territory are being issued so far only in the case of normal citizens. There has been no such case as far as diplomatic or official passports go.

Incidentally, the new outline map on China e-passports also includes Taiwan and South China Sea in its territory, leaving Beijing’s other neighbours such as the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia too infuriated. Taiwan, the Philippines and Vietnam have all protested against the new map.

About three years ago, China had created a diplomatic row by issuing stapled visas to residents of Jammu and Kashmir, terming it a “disputed territory”, while it has always denied visas to those hailing from Arunachal.
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Post time 2012-11-24 13:50:34 |Display all floors
Chinese passports become weapons in borders disputes

Published on Saturday 24 November 2012 00:00

INDIA is stamping its own map on visas it issues to holders of new Chinese passports that contain a map depicting disputed territory within China’s borders, the latest twist in tension in Asia over China’s territorial claims.

China’s new microchip-equipped passports contain a map that show it staking its claim on the entire South China Sea and even Taiwan – it also shows as its territory two Himalayan regions that India also claims.

The map means countries disputing the Chinese claims will have to stamp microchip-equipped passports of countless visitors, in effect acquiescing to the Chinese point of view.

In response, India is issuing visas stamped with its own version of the borders.

“The correct map of India is stamped on to visas being issued on such passports,” a government source said yesterday.

China’s long-standing territorial disputes with Japan and south-east Asian neighbours have grown heated in recent months.

On Thursday, the Philippines responded angrily to the new passports, saying Chinese carrying the document would be violating Philippine national sovereignty.

India and China fought a brief, high-altitude border war in 1962.

The nuclear-armed neighbours have held multiple rounds of talks to resolve their disputed Aksai Chin and Arunachal Pradesh regions where they fought the war, but have made little progress.

The passport map also highlights China’s long-standing claim on the South China Sea in its entirety, though parts of the waters also are claimed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei and Malaysia.

Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario told reporters in Manila yesterday that he sent a note to the Chinese embassy that his country “strongly protests” at the image. He said China’s claims include an area that is “clearly part of the Philippines’ territory and maritime domain”.

The Vietnamese government said it had also sent a diplomatic note to the Chinese embassy in Hanoi, demanding that Beijing remove the “erroneous content” printed in the passport.

Ruling party and opposition MPs alike condemned the map in Taiwan, a self-governed island that split from China after a civil war in 1949. They said it could harm the warming ties the historic rivals have enjoyed since Ma Ying-jeou became president four years ago.

“This is total ignorance of reality and only provokes disputes,” said Taiwan’s mainland affairs council, the cabinet-level body responsible for ties with Beijing. The council said the government cannot accept the map.

In Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily news briefing that China has selected the maps as background on the inside pages of the passports issued by the ministry of public security in May.

“The design is not targeting a specific country,” Ms Hua said. “We hope that the relevant countries take a rational and sensible attitude … to avoid causing interference with normal Sino-foreign personnel
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Post time 2012-11-24 15:35:27 |Display all floors

Mr. Banana is feverishly providing cover for the Japanese heist of the Chinese passport map by attracting attention to other issues.  

The real problem of the Chinese passport map is NOT that it contains the South China Sea, Aranuchal Pradesh, and Aksai Chin, but that it DOES NOT CONTAIN DIAOYUDAO ISLANDS.  As such, it is inaccurate.

The whole passport map affair seems aimed at increasing the number of countries getting MAD at China, further isolating China.

It is aimed at the same time to give Japan an official cartographic proof that Diaoyu does not belong to China as China did not dare place it inside its territorial boundaries.

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Post time 2012-11-24 15:44:12 |Display all floors
abramicus Post time: 2012-11-24 15:35

You see it from a viewpoint of an Chinese patriotic extremist !

I view it from a moderate and peace loving country, like the Philippines.
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