VNAT General Director: foreign tourists must abide by Vietnamese law
Updated : Wednesday, May 16, 2018 9:05 AM (GMT+0700)

GeneralDirector of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) Nguyen VanTuan has stated that Vietnam welcomes visitors across the world to the country,however, they must abide by Vietnamese law. 

At Hoa Lu historical - cultural relic site - Source: VNA

He told the media on May 15in response to a group of Chinese tourists wearing T-shirts featuring theillicit “nine-dash line” map that suggests China’s groundless territorialclaims in the East Sea while entering Nha Trang city, the central coastalprovince of Khanh Hoa.

It was not until they passedimmigration procedures that authorities realised their clothes featured themap. 

Tuan urged localities todirect tourists, inbound and outbound travel agencies abide by legalregulations, preventing similar occurrences and impacts on tourism cooperationbetween the two countries. 

He took the occasion to ask tour operators to learn from the lesson and bettermonitor visitors. 

In 2014, a Chinese couplewere caught attempting to bring bundles of world maps showing the illicit“nine-dash line” into Vietnam through Moc Bai border gate in the southernprovince of Tay Ninh. 

The “nine-dash line” is awidely rejected cow tongue-shaped line illegally created by China to claim itssovereignty over about 80 percent of the East Sea, including Vietnam’s Paracel(Hoang Sa) and Spratly (Truong Sa) archipelagoes. 

Vietnam has consistentlyrejected China’s territorial claims as they are not based on any legalfoundation and violate the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of theSea.


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