THỪA THIÊN-HUẾ — Police in the central province of Thừa Thiên-Huế have seized hundreds of maps that indicated the East Sea (South China Sea) was named the "China Sea".
Local hotel Beach Bar Huế and Villa Louise, located near Thuận Hải Beach, had allegedly designed and printed the maps, which were distributed free of charge to the hotel’s guests, according to the police.
The maps triggered a protest from local tour guides and Vietnamese tourists, who later filed a police complaint.
A representative of the hotel told online Dân Việt newspaper that the hotel had managed to recover some 250 of the 500 maps and had handed them over to the police.
The owner of the hotel is a French citizen.
Last week, the neighbouring Đà Nẵng also seized dozens of posters that had illegally referenced the local beach as "China Beach". The posters were in the possession of a tour services company. – VNS