Friday, November 30, 2012

Philippines won't stamp Chinese passports

Sino-Filipino territorial dispute ensues as China puts a new map of the country that includes islands that are part of the Philippines as well as other places being claimed by India, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei, and Vietnam.

The Department of Foreign Affairs told the media that personnel from the Bureau of Immigration will only stamp a visa application form from Chinese nationals and not their passports.

This is a form of protest from the Republic of the Philippines because stamping the new Chinese passport might be misconstrued as the country’s agreement to the Chinese claim over parts of the South China Sea.

A formal protest letter was already sent by Albert del Rosario, the Philippines’ Foreign Secretary to address the issue. 

Photo via Associated Press

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