Saturday, December 1, 2012

Philippine Statement on new Chinese ePassport

Statement of the Philippines:  On the 9-Dash Line Map on the new Chinese e-Passport 
[Released by DFA on November 28, 2012]

Further to the Philippine protest against the inclusion of the 9-dash line map in the Chinese e-passport which covers an area that is part of the Philippine territory and maritime domain, the Philippines will no longer stamp its visas on the Chinese e-passport. Instead, the Philippines will stamp it on a separate visa application form.
This action is being undertaken to avoid the Philippines being misconstrued as legitimizing the 9-dash line every time a Philippine visa is stamped on such Chinese e-passport.

Through this action, the Philippines reinforces its protest against China’s excessive claim over almost the entire South China Sea including the West Philippine Sea.  The Philippines views said expansive 9-dash claim as inconsistent with international law, specifically UNCLOS.

We are preparing for an early implementation of the aforementioned action.

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