MANILA, Philippines – Filipino students may find themselves studying geography using globes depicting Beijing’s nine-dash line as stores selling school supplies in Divisoria, Manila continue to import products made in China.
Aside from the nine-dash line, which the Philippines is questioning before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) amid maritime territorial disputes, the Kalayaan Island Group in Palawan and Bajo de Masinloc or Scarborough Shoal off Zambales are also marked in Chinese names in the globes.
Wholesalers in Divisoria said the globes were new imports from China.
“The old versions are gone. All the globes are now like this,” one of them said.
When asked why globes with the nine-dash line are being sold, a store owner, unfamiliar with the issue, told The STAR: “Ano ba ‘yon (nine-dash line)?”
Even Taiwan as well as waters claimed by Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei are included as part of China in the globes being sold per piece or wholesale, with prices ranging from P18 to P500, depending on size.
The biggest, which measures 32 centimeters, is 400 percent cheaper compared to a Taiwan-made globe worth P2,500 and 900 percent cheaper than that made in the US worth P5,000.