New Chinese passports spark protests from Taiwan, Philippines, Vietnam

Taiwan has launched a protest after China started issuing new passports with maps that feature two of the island's most famous scenic spots as part of Chinese territory.

Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou urged China not to "unilaterally damage the status quo of the hard-fought stability across the Taiwan Strait".

China's new computer-chipped passports are equipped with a map that covers Sun Moon Lake and Cingshui Cliff, both popular tourist destinations on Taiwan.

China's new passports also provoked protests by the Philippines and Vietnam for showing various islands in the South China Sea as being in its territory

Those areas are also being claimed by the Philippines and Vietnam.

Beijing's foreign ministry said the maps were "not made to target any specific country".