A photo of Chinese tourists wearing T-shirts depicting Beijing's claims to the disputed South China Sea has sparked online anger in Vietnam, prompting calls for the visitors to be deported.
The shirts featured a map of China and its so-called nine-dash line -- the sea boundary found on some 1940s-era maps which Beijing says proves its claim to most of the waterway, despite partial claims from Vietnam and other nations.
The territorial dispute is a hot-button issue in Vietnam, which has a turbulent history of conflict with its powerhouse neighbour.
The visitors arrived in southern Cam Ranh airport on Sunday night and were stopped by security at the immigration desk, an airport police officer confirmed to AFP.
"We asked them to take the T-shirts off before allowing them to leave the airport," said the officer, without providing his name because of the sensitivity of the issue.
Anthony 5 hr ago
Excellent job Vietnam. The Vietnamese have fought the Chinese in the past...and will be happy to do it again. Chinese tourists, come in peace or be SORRY.
Karan 6 hr ago
When you're in Vietnam, you follow its rules. The t-shirts were worn by the Chinese tourists on purpose.
Robert 15 hr ago
Good job Vietnam.
Rasheed 4 hr ago
Location 4 hr ago
Vietnamese militia girls defeated 500000 Chinese PLA soldiers within 1 month in 1979
Pro Veritate 8 hr ago
The Chinese tourists were trolling the Vietnamese. Let's see how Chinese will react if a bunch of Japanese wearing T-shirts with the Senkaku islands printed on a Japanese flag. However, I digress. The Japanese are too classy to do such a thing.
WHOCARES 5 hr ago
Why should they go to Vietnam?
allen 6 hr ago
So a map made in china before 1940 is the legal grounds for claiming the entire ocean? There was a guy in the 30s said all white people were the master race -- does that make it so?
CJ 4 hr ago
I'm getting fed up with China's claim. That claim is from a by-gone era. What are they going to do go to war with everyone because that's where they're heading.
jerryk 5 hr ago
I'm surprised they don't wear T-shirts saying Vietnam is part of China.
Todd 5 hr ago
SOLUTION : STOP BUYONG RED CHINA COUNIST PRODUCTS AT WAL-MART. !
Eugene 4 hr ago
Simple way to "solve" this problem, just CHANGE the usual Vietnamese Visa Stamp to a "Special Stamp" for Chinese Tourists showing a RUNNING PLA SOLDIER, the YEAR 1979 and 40,000, the number that the Vietnamese KILLED in 5 WEEKS when the PLA INVADED Vietnam! YES, that should SOLVE the problem!
food4thought 5 hr ago
The United Nations has labelled the oh so glorious motherland of China, the middle kingdom, as illegal island builders and thievery of maritime territory. Do your part for a world that responsible and peace loving - check the label & never buy made in China. It's so simple and so strong.
XiXi 7 hr ago
Kudos to the Vietnamese people. They are next door to the chinese and they know the chinese best. They know how low chinese people can get and they clearly said they don't like chinese tourists! You can't be any clearer than that.
anhvu 5 hr ago
Some of these Chin get beat up on the street, they might stop wearing the Tshirt?
Hondo 5 hr ago
Chinese will take anything and claimed it's their for the taking it's been known through out history.
Ronson 6 hr ago
Don't come to Vietnam with that controversial T-shirts. Vietnam is not easy to get push over, because Vietnam kicked invader warmonger Chinese in the past out of my country. Now, they're dared to challenge Vietnam will to fight again? Communist of China is surely gaining more enemy more than ally, and that is not a good thing, because that is a signal of breaking up China downfall communist party.
Grimey 4 hr ago
China never followed the rule Foreigners came to China, they have to respect China one China policy (no mention of Taiwan). when Chinese went to Taiwan, Taiwan has to hide the flag to please Chinese or Chinese will call Taiwanese trouble or war makers. Then Chinese came to Australia and USA, and they expect USA schools and corporations in USA/Australia to follow that policy. Now, Chinese visited Vietnam, they have to wear offensive t-shirt Let me guess, in Chinese media, it will call Vietnamese trouble maker and don't care about tourist economy. It is always someone else fault
John 6 hr ago
Talk about an insult! Vietnam needs to reconsider its relationship with China.