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As tensions between neighboring governments in Southeast Asia remain high following the recent U.N. ruling on the South China Sea arbitration case, some citizens in concerned countries have equally kept their outrage aflame in one form or another.
Such is the case of one Chinese woman’s passport, which unfortunately received some unwarranted profanity on her passport from a Vietnamese civil servant, according to Shanghaiist.
During a routine passport inspection upon landing in Ho Chi Minh City, a Chinese woman surnamed Zhong discovered that the inspecting officer has allegedly scribbled the words “Fuck you” on two of the pages of her passport. The message, inscribed on the pages specifically containing maps of China that illustrate the contested nine-dash line, was found after it was handed back to her by one of the customs officers at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport.
The nine-dash line covers more than 80% of the South China Sea which Beijing has maintained its claim over. It is also an area which Vietnam has partly laid claim on.
Zhong, who said she intends to apply for a new passport, claimed that she didn’t respond to the insult as she doesn’t speak Vietnamese.
Meanwhile, the Chinese Consulate in Vietnam has stated that the situation is already being looked into and has called on Vietnamese officials to make the necessary action and punishments to ensure that the incident will not happen again.
Shanghaiist has compiled some reactions from Chinese netizens who have expressed their disgust over the incident, with some returning the insults back to the Vietnamese officers and the Vietnamese in general:
“Nice, looks like that Vietnamese monkey knows how to write. [He/She] is learning,” said @blackTodd.
“How many bananas did the Philippines give you [to write the insults]? Remember that those were the bananas we didn’t want,” @林大状 wrote.
“What an immature thing to do. I can clearly see what Vietnam is like now,” @fongAz- said.
“If Vietnam keeps acting like this, we’ll put them down to their place. Like this comment if you agree,” @对的人不能随便选个某某某 wrote.
Many Vietnamese citizens have been vocal about their support for the Philippines following the Hague’s ruling on July 12, that rejected exclusive Chinese rights to the South China Sea.