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Bookshops in the Philippines are to recall globes, manufactured in China, that depict the so-called ‘nine-dash line’ by which Beijing lays claim to practically the entire South China Sea.
Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Raul Hernandez said yesterday: “The DFA has been able to validate that educational globes which reflect China’s nine-dash lines encompassing the South China Sea are being retailed locally by establishments that are totally unaware about the maritime disputes between the Philippines and China.”
He added: “The management of these establishments are proactively prepared to discuss with the DFA remedies to be able to address the misinformation contained in the educational globes. The Philippines asserts that China’s nine-dash line claim is an excessive claim in violation of international law.”
Retailers had apparently not noticed the small marks on the globe, indicating Chinese ownership of a number of disputed territories, including the Spratly Islands.
In November 2012, Chinese authorities sparked international furore when they issued new passports which contained a map of China that extended to the territories covered by the ‘nine-dash line’.