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Children book recalled for wrongfully depicting Vietnam’s sovereignty

Updated at Wednesday, 05 Sep 2018, 16:50
The Hanoitimes - The book was written by a Chinese author, translated to Vietnamese and published by Vietnam’s World Publishing House and Dinh Ti Books Company.
A publishing house has recalled a children book that contains a map wrongfully depicting Vietnam's sovereignty, lengthening a list of similar mishaps in the country, local media reported.
Consisting of 12 volumes, the book named “Wow! – Amazing secrets for students” is dedicated to secondary and high school pupils, aiming to help them learn about basic science and life through small stories and illustrative images.
The book “Wow! – Amazing secrets for students”
The book “Wow! – Amazing secrets for students”
However, it was found that some illustrative images in the book contain the “nine-dash line” that was illegally created by China to claim its sovereignty over the South China Sea, which Vietnam calls the East Sea.
The "nine-dash line”, a cow tongue-shaped imaginary line, was illegally invented by China to claim its sovereignty over about 80% of the East Sea, including Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) islands.
On September 4, Director of World Publishing House Doan Tran Lam admitted those faults, noting that the publishing house had required Dinh Ti Books Company to recall and correct the book.
Over the incorrect illustration, Lam said, “the book has good content but its illustrative maps are too small for editors' checking and easily mistaken with navigation routes.”
According to Dinh Ti Books Company, the book was published on March, 2017. The maps that contain the “nine-dash line” were unilaterally drawn by the Chinese author. “This is a big lesson and warning to Vietnamese publishing sector,” said the Dinh Ti Books representative.
The company also removed the book’s introduction off its website. 
Cam Anh
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