South China Sea Map Dispute Philippines and Vietnam Remove Hollywood Movies | Nine-Dash Line | South China Sea

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[Epoch Times, April 28, 2022](Epoch Times reporter Li Yan comprehensive report) The Philippine Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday (April 27) that it has stopped the Hollywood movie “Uncharted” (Hong Kong and Taiwan translation of “Uncharted Adventure”). ) in all screenings in the country due to the appearance of a controversial map of the South China Sea in the film, which is against the national interests of the Philippines.

The Sony Pictures action-adventure starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg was also banned by Vietnam, another claimant in the South China Sea (South China Sea). The film opens in the Philippines on February 23.

A two-second clip in the film shows the “nine-dash line” claimed by China in the South China Sea strategic waterway. The Philippine foreign ministry said in a statement that the scene was “contrary to the national interest.”

The CCP has long marked China’s maps with a U-shaped nine-dash line to indicate its maritime territory in the South China Sea. Taiwan, Vietnam, Brunei, the Philippines and Malaysia are all claimants in the region. Shipboard trade worth $3 trillion passes through the waterway each year.

The Hague International Court of Arbitration ruled in 2016 invalidating China’s claims to nearly the entire waterway. Beijing did not participate in the court process and did not recognize the ruling.

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said Sony’s Columbia Pictures had complied with an order from the Philippine Film and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) to stop showing the film.

“The MTRCB said it had ‘ordered Columbia Pictures to cease and desist from the screening of the aforementioned films unless they were able to remove objectionable scenes’,” the foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday (April 26).

Earlier on March 12, Vietnam’s official media reported that Vietnam had banned the release of “Uncharted” in Vietnam because of the appearance of the nine-dash line map of the South China Sea advocated by the CCP in the film, which caused controversy in Vietnam.

This is not the first time the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs has asked the MTRCB to suspend a Hollywood film because of China’s territorial claims.

In 2019, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs asked DreamWorks to close the theatrical screening of the animated film “Abominable” (or “Bad Snow Monster” and “Snow Treasure”) because the same “nine-dash line” appeared in one of the scenes. “screen.

Responsible editor: Lin Yan#

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