Netflix removes Australian spy drama from Vietnamese services on map depicting Chinese claims
NOTetflix deleted Australian spy drama series Pine gap of its platform in Vietnam after government regulators complained about a map that featured disputed Chinese claims to the South China Sea.
While China and Vietnam hold competing claims over the same areas of the South China Sea, Vietnam’s Department of Radio, Television and Electronic Information said the map depicted in the show violated the sovereignty of Vietnam, according to Bloomberg.
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“The Netflix violations have angered and hurt the feelings of all Vietnamese people,” the department said in a statement. “This is the third consecutive time in the past 12 months that Netflix has distributed movies and TV shows containing content that violates Vietnam’s sovereignty.”
Netflix has complied with the request by removing the series from Vietnamese servers.
The previous two violations involved the US broadcast Madam Secretary and chinese romantic comedy Put your head on my shoulder, according to Reuters. Pixar movie 2019 Abominable was withdrawn from theaters for the same reason. The problem, in all of these cases, was a U-shaped feature on Chinese maps called the “nine-dash line,” which covers Chinese claims in the South China Sea, including areas claimed by Vietnam.
According to Derek Grossman, analyst at RAND Corporation, tensions have recently escalated between the two Asian nations over fishing and mineral rights in disputed waters. As China has become increasingly aggressive in asserting its claims on the disputed area, several dead ends occurred with Vietnamese ships. The United States has become an ally of Vietnam, helping to counter Chinese aggression. “Vietnam is arguably one of the most important partners of the United States in the Indo-Pacific region,” Grossman said. mentionned.
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China and Vietnam have agreed to set up a hotline to avoid a naval conflict, according to the South China Morning Post.