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Philippines Also Refuses to Stamp China Passport

29 November 2012

The Philippines has become the latest country to say it will not stamp visas in a new Chinese passport because it includes a map of the South China Sea that Manila says shows its territory. The Department of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday that the visas will be stamped in a separate visa application form. It said stamping the passport could be seen as “legitimizing” China’s claims. Vietnam has already said it will not stamp the passports, while Taiwan has protested against the map’s maritime borders and India has rejected the map’s depiction of its northern border with China. —AP