Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Philippines, Vietnam Ban Hollywood Film Showing Disputed Map

Uncharted, a Hollywood adventure-action film starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, has landed in troubled waters for showing a disputed map of South China Sea. Soon after the film was banned by Vietnam, the Philippines also moved to ban all screenings of the movie. The movie was released in the Philippines in February.

The point of contention is a merely two second long frame which shows the contentious maritime area.

Both Philippines and Vietnam, along with Taipei, Brunei and Malaysia, have competing claims of areas of the South China Sea. Many regard these territorial claims to be Asia’s “most potentially dangerous” conflict point as the region is both economically and geographically important. Over 33 percent of the entire world’s shipping passes through this region, carrying $3 trillion worth of trade with it.

China’s claim to the entire South China Sea region was invalidated by a Hague tribunal back in 2016. China refused to recognize this ruling, which did not stop the superpower from launching 4 missiles from mainland China to a region in the South China sea in 2020.

Back in 2019, Dreamworks’ animated film “Abominable” was banned by Vietnam, Malaysia and Philippines for a similar reason.

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