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Philippines Joins Vietnam in Refusing to Stamp New Chinese Passport

Posted November 28th, 2012 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The Philippines has become the second Asian nation to refuse to stamp China’s new electronic passports, which include a controversial map depicting the South China Sea’s disputed waters as Chinese territory. The Philippine foreign ministry said Wednesday that stamping the Chinese passport could be seen as “legitimizing” what it calls Beijing’s “excessive” territorial claim, depicted […]

India Counters China’s Map Claim

Posted November 24th, 2012 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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India has begun stamping its own map on visas it issues to Chinese visitors. The action is in response to new Chinese passports that include a map showing two regions that India claims — Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin — as part of China. The Indian map shows the regions as belonging to India. While […]

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Australia Approves New Gender Choice on Passports

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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Australians will now have a third choice besides male and female when they identify their gender on passport applications. Under new guidelines announced Thursday, applicants will also be able to check a box marked “indeterminate.” Officials say the purpose of the change is to end discrimination against transgendered or intersex individuals. Applicants taking advantage of […]