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Vietnamese publisher recalls book with disputed Chinese map

In Vietnam, Hanoi-based publisher the Gioi (World) Publishing House and its partner Dinh Ti Books Company have recalled an educational book, after readers spotted the controversial Chinese ‘nine-dash line’ on a map inside the book, reports VNExpress.

The nine-dash line is a demarcation line used by the Chinese government to indicate its claim to territory in the South China Sea. The line controversially depicts China’s sovereignty over disputed parts of the sea including the Paracel and Spratly islands.

The book, titled Wow! Amazing Secrets for Students, consists of 12 volumes and aims to teach secondary students about the wider world. A representative of Dinh Ti Books Company said the map was originally drawn by the author—a Chinese national—and was overlooked by the book’s Vietnamese publishers and editors.

Editor-in-chief of the Gioi (World) Publishing House Doan Tran Lam admitted the mistake, stating: ‘The book conveyed good messages for students but it included an “extremely tiny” illustrative map with the controversial nine-dash line, and editors and concerned authorities failed to spot it or misjudged it as a maritime route.’

Lam described it as a ‘big lesson and warning’ for publishers purchasing and translating foreign books with content related to sovereignty issues. The publisher has asked Dinh Ti Books Company to recall the book and offer refunds to customers.


Category: International news