The last layout of the Popular Chinise Republic passports is creating some sort of problems and criticism coming from numerous asian countries.
Those passports contain a map of China. Such a map, indeed, also contains parts of the Chinese Sea that are claimed by other nations.
The governments of Taiwan, the Philippines and Vietnam have already voiced opposition to the new Chinese passports. Delegates of the Indian embassy in Peking have complained as well. China has become one of the most influential nations with regard to economics and an expanding military They have also become more and more active in claiming territories that may ultimately assure a more competitive advantage when it comes to local resources.
The ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations) has attempted to solve the issue, albeit without result.
Existing law, indeed, states that Spratly and Parcel Islands are territory of Vietnam, while China claims the islands as their own.
Vietnam, Taiwan and the Philippines are those nations that most actively voiced opposition to China’s claims. Brunei, Malaysia and Japan have existing disputes as well.
The Obama administration has not taken sides. Its only involvment is through a code of conduct that China refuses to adopt.
Air Vietnam lists Parcels and Spratly Islands on aeronautical maps which would suggest territorial claims to the islands.
With respect to IOTA: AS-143
Group: Hainan Province (Xisha Islands) group [Paracel Islands ]
Location: 15.00N - 17.50N / 111.00E - 113.00E
With respect to IOTA: AS-051
Group: Spratly Islands
Location: 6.00N - 12.00N / 111.00E - 117.00E
DXCC: SPRATLY IS
Picture credits to AP Photo/Ng Han Guan
Bibliografia: rete internet