Vietnam fines Volkswagen for car app displaying South China Sea

Vietnamese authorities said Tuesday they will fine
German carmaker Volkswagen after the company admitted displaying cars
at a Vietnam motor show that included a controversial map showing
Beijing’s competing territorial claims in the South China Sea.

A statement released by the General Department of Vietnam Customs
said that Volkswagen Vietnam will face a fine of between 860 and 1724
dollars.
World Auto Company, which was responsible for importing the car for
the event, also faces a ban on operations for between six and nine
months.

The fine comes after Volkswagen Vietnam borrowed two Touareg SUVs
from a Chinese partner for a motor show, which took place in Ho Chi
Minh City from October 23-27. Volkswagen said they knew about the map
and tried to block the app in the cars, but some visitors were still
able to access it.

Several countries across South-East Asia are making competing
sovereignty claims to parts of the South China Sea where oil and gas
exploration is a highly fraught issue in both China and Vietnam.

The so-called “nine-dash line” is used by China to demarcate about 80
per cent of the South China Sea, was removed from navigation apps
last month by a Vietnamese distributor of Chinese cars in northern
Vietnam.
Also last month, Vietnam removed the DreamWorks animated film
“Abominable” from cinemas after a scene emerged showing the
controversial map.



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