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Philippines to resume stamping Chinese 'Nine-Dash Line' passports

Manila reverses 2012 policy as Duterte strives to improve Beijing ties

The Philippines has resumed stamping Chinese passports, which it stopped doing after Philippine and Chinese vessels had a standoff in the South China Sea in 2012.   © Reuters

MANILA -- The Philippines immigration bureau on Wednesday said it has resumed stamping Chinese passports, whose pages bear a faint map showing Beijing's expansive claim over the disputed South China Sea.

The bureau said it halted stamping Chinese passports in 2012 in accordance with the Philippine foreign ministry's policy of issuing visas "on a separate sheet of paper." The policy came after Chinese and Philippine vessels engaged in a monthslong standoff in the Scarborough Shoal in mid-2012, souring relations.

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