U.S. to Take a Stand on Map on Chinese Passports
The United States said Tuesday it will raise concerns with Beijing over a map printed in new Chinese passports that is causing "tension and anxiety" among claimant states in the disputed South China Sea.
The Philippines and Vietnam have objected that the map shows disputed maritime regions as belonging to China. India has also complained over the map's depiction of its northern border with China and retaliated by issuing Chinese citizens visas embossed with New Delhi's own maps.
The good news is that the U.S. will still respect the passport. Still State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland wondered during a news briefing whether "it's politically smart or helpful to be taking steps that antagonize countries."