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LinkAsia | Nov 30
The Chinese government has issued a controversial new passport that includes a map showing that disputed areas of the South China Sea and India bel...
You've heard of Rock, Paper, Scissors, right? But how about Rock, Philippines, China? The two countries are continuing their standoff over a small group of rocks in the South China Sea. In the latest move, both countries are calling for a fishing ban in the area, which the Philippines calls Scarborough Shoal, and China calls Huangyan Island. Experts say the ban might buy some time for both sides to cool down. But China is also telling Chinese tourists in the Philippines to come home for security reasons. And Chinese state broadcaster, CCTV, says the tourist recall will hurt the Philippine economy.
Many Chinese tourists love the warm weather and beautiful scenery of the Philippines.
But the flow of tourists from China has been cut off as tensions over Huangyan Island continue to grow between the two countries.
Chinese Tour Guide:
In the next few months, you won't see many Chinese travelers here. That's for sure. It's just like what happened last time with the Hong Kong tour bus incident. No tourists, except for a few businesspeople.
China is said to be the Philippines' fourth largest tourist market. A quarter of a million Chinese travelled to the country in 2011. So the collateral damage from the dispute is bad news for the travel industry.
Aileen Clemente, President, Philippine Travel Agencies Association:
It is one of the growth markets. They bring in 90 to 200 dollars per day, per tourist. So the potential loss is there.
Tourists and travel agencies on both sides are hoping for a quick resolution to the dispute. But the reality isn't so sunny. China continues to urge the Philippines to stop complicating tensions between the two countries. But the Philippines said on Saturday that it would never agree to China's demands to withdraw vessels from the Huangyan Island. And, a senior Chinese CPC official from the Guangzhou military area command, meanwhile, has said that China has the ability and the will protect its territory.