Inaccurate Vietnam maps, negligence to attract fines

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Failure to include Vietnam's islands, including the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratlys) archipelagoes in Vietnamese maps and related documents should be fined VND20-50 million (US$950-2,370), the Minstry of Natural Resources and Environment has proposed.

The proposal is contained in the ministry's latest draft on fines for violations in hydrometeorology, measures and maps, VnExpress reported Tuesday.

The newswire said the ministry has recommended similar fines for the failure to correctly depict national borders, national sovereignty, and national waters.

The ministry's draft came after recent exposures of the absence of Vietnam's Hoang Sa and Truong Sa in publications and advertisement panels.

In one of the latest scandals, authorities in the central city of Da Nang last month confiscated 480 handbooks and desk calendars from the Taiwanese-owned TCIE Company after finding them printed with Vietnamese map without the archipelagoes.

The handbooks and calendars were imported from Taiwan as gifts for the company's employees and the map was printed to show its branches in Vietnam, VnExpress said.

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