Philippines says will not stamp visa in new Chinese passport, will issue separate visa form

The Philippines has become the latest country to say it will not stamp visas in a new Chinese passport because it includes a map of the South China Sea Manila says shows its territory.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday that the visas will be stamped in a separate visa application form.

It says the move reinforces its protest against China's "excessive claim over almost the entire South China Sea, including the West Philippine Sea."

Manila says stamping the passport could be seen as "legitimizing" China's claims.

Vietnam has already said it will not stamp the passports, while Taiwan has protested against the map's maritime borders and India has rejected the map's depiction of its northern border with China.