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Regional tensions flare over China passport map

Regional tensions flare over China passport map

Updated 29 November 2012, 15:57 AEDT

First it was Vietnam and now the Philippines is refusing to stamp Chinese passports containing maps that mark disputed waters as Chinese territory.

The new passports have provoked angry reactions from around the region as the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, and Malaysia all have competing claims in the South China Sea.

The United States says it's concerned about the map causing "tension and anxiety" between countries and it says it will raise the issue with China.

But Beijing has attempted to downplay the issue, saying people should not "read too much into" the maps.



Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Professor Alexander Murphy, political-cultural geographer, University of Oregon

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