Vietnam won't stamp China passports

2012-11-26 12:00
An elderly protester holds up a placard claiming a group of disputed islands belongs to Vietnam, as a group marches along a street near the Chinese embassy in downtown Hanoi. (File, AFP)

An elderly protester holds up a placard claiming a group of disputed islands belongs to Vietnam, as a group marches along a street near the Chinese embassy in downtown Hanoi. (File, AFP)

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Hanoi — Vietnamese authorities are refusing to stamp Chinese passports featuring a map that includes disputed islands in the South China Sea as Chinese territory. They are instead issuing visas on a separate piece of paper.

The head of the border guard command in the northern province of Quang Ninh bordering China said on Monday that border guards have been instructed to issue stapled visas to Chinese people with such passports.

There is concern among Vietnamese authorities that by stamping visas in such passports the government would be indirectly recognising Beijing's claims to the disputed territory.

The Philippines has also protested the map on the Chinese passports, which incorporates most of the South China Sea as its territory.

- AP
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