Taiwan protests Chinese passports over territory claim
TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan on Friday protested after China started issuing new passports with maps that feature two of the island's most famous scenic spots as part of Chinese territory.
Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou urged China not to "unilaterally damage the status quo of the hard-fought stability across the Taiwan Strait", his office said in a statement.
China's new computer-chipped passports are equipped with a map that covers Sun Moon Lake and Cingshui Cliff, both popular tourist destinations on Taiwan.
The Mainland Affairs Council, the island's top China policy-making body, stressed that Taiwan "is an independent sovereign country".