Sun, Nov 25, 2012 - Page 1 News List

India fights tit-for-tat on passport map

PAPERS CUT:The country is now stamping its own map on passports in response to Chinese passports claiming disputed territories. Taiwan has no plans to follow suit

AFP, NEW DELHI

Hoan Viet, a researcher at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Law, said for China to include nearly all of the South China Sea in its map “is a political issue and an external affairs issue.”

In Taipei, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Steve Hsia (夏季昌) said that the ministry currently has no plan to react to China’s passport stamps as India and Vietnam have done. Taiwanese immigration officials do not affix their official seals on Chinese passports because Chinese enter Taiwan with special travel documents, not passports, he said.

Additional reporting by Jason Pan, Staff Writer with CNA

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