London, Nov 29 (ANI): Now, the Philippines has said that it will not stamp visas in a new Chinese passport because it includes a map of the South China Sea that Manila says shows its territory.
The Department of Foreign Affairs said that the visas would be stamped in a separate visa application form.
It said the move reinforces its protest formally conveyed to China last week against the country's 'excessive claim over almost the entire South China Sea, including the West Philippine Sea'.
According to the Daily Express, it said stamping the passport could be seen as "legitimising" China's claims.
Earlier, Vietnam had refused to stamp the passports, while Taiwan has protested against the map's maritime borders.
India had also rejected the map's depiction of its northern border with China.
India has retaliated by issuing Chinese citizens visas embossed with New Delhi's own maps. (ANI)