Vietnam to inspect Chinese smartphones for disputed maps
Vietnam will inspect all smartphones imported from China which includes Huawei and Xiaomi models according to the Tuoi Tre newspaper reports that cite Ngyuen Hung Anh, head of Vietnam Customs’ anti-smuggling and investigation department.
Vietnam will check the phones to see whether its pre-installed navigation apps are using maps that reflect Chinese territorial claims rejected by Hanoi. These areas include the expansive, nine-dash lane in the South China Sea, overlapping resource-rich maritime areas that Vietnam says are within its exclusive economic waters.
The U.S. has said that the area under dispute could contain oil and gas reserves worth $2.5 trillion.