Philippines Protests Over New China Passports

Philippines Protests Over New China Passports -- The Philippines strongly opposed China's inclusion of the disputed islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) in its new passports. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said in Manila's note verbale sent to the Chinese embassy in Manila on Wednesday:
The Philippines strongly protests the inclusion of the nine-dash lines in the e-passport as such image covers an area that is clearly part of the Philippines’ territory and maritime domain
The Philippines does not accept the validity of the nine-dash lines that amount to an excessive declaration of maritime space in violation of international law
The Philippines demands that China respect the territory and maritime domain of the Philippines.
In another statement, Foreign Affairs Secretary Raul Hernandez said, China's action is clearly in violation of our territorial sovereignty. He stated:
We are asking China to respect our territorial sovereignty, our exclusive economic zone, and maritime domain in that area
As per Secretary Hernande's contention, China's conduct is a violation of the provision found in the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), wherein 10-member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), including China signed in 2002.
China's controversial nine-dash map
This thing is really getting on the loose. It is affecting even Chinese nationals. According to Sina Weibo, a user of China's hugely popular microblogging site, China's new passport modification made his trip go through twists and turns.
I got into Vietnam after lots of twists and turns.. because of the printed map of China's sea boundaries - which Vietnam does not recognise
Vietnam also complained about the same issue. Vietnamese foreign ministry spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi told reporters on Thursday that "Chinese documents amounted to a violation of Hanoi's sovereignty and it had protested to the embassy."


  1. Oh wow, China wants to own everything! Do they really think the Philippines and other countries involved will not do something about this?

  2. China has really been bullying their way lately. They should at the very least be diplomatic about the situation.

  3. China is really getting in our nerves, they don't follow international at all.If I have super power,one click ,I will make China as small as Manila and no waters surrounding on it,palitan ko ng Disyerto at the middle of nowhere.