Manila: Sinomap, the Chinese state mapping authority, recently published a new “10-dash line” map that shows the Philippines’ offshore territories within Chinese “national boundaries”. The Philippines, along with several other countries, has protested against this development.
The map was published in January and it features a line with ten dashes instead of nine to mark a huge strip of the South China Sea in encirclement as Chinese territory. Nine dashes in the new Chinese map are in the South China Sea and a tenth dash has been placed near Taiwan, to signify that territory”s status as a Chinese province. The Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) handed over a confidential note to the Chinese Embassy in Manila in the month of June. The note said it “protests the reference to those dash lines as China”s national boundaries.” Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have been contesting China”s claim of the territory. The Philippine government has adopted the name West Philippine Sea to refer to parts of the South China Sea within its territory that are also being claimed by China.