US to raise concerns over China passport map

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. says it will raise concerns with China over a map printed in its new passports because it is causing "tension and anxiety" among claimant states in the disputed South China Sea.

The Philippines and Vietnam have objected that the map shows disputed maritime regions as belonging to China. India has also complained over the map's depiction of its northern border with China.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Tuesday it was up to countries to decide what their passports look like and the U.S. would still accept it as a legal document.

But she added: "That's a different matter than whether it's politically smart or helpful to be taking steps that antagonize countries." She said it was unhelpful for creating an environment for resolving the territorial disputes.

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