‘Abominable’ banned from cinemas in Malaysia and Vietnam due to controversial South China Sea map – YP

Anime movies Abominable The film will not be shown in Malaysian theatres after producers decided not to cut a scene showing a map supporting China’s claim to the disputed South China Sea.

Vietnam Already, Beijing has pulled a US-China co-production from theaters because of a brief clip of the so-called “nine-dash line,” which depicts much of the resource-rich sea as Chinese territory. China’s maritime claims are VietnamMalaysia and other Asian governments.

The controversial map only makes a brief appearance in the film.

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“Universal has decided not to make the censorship cuts required by the Malaysian Censorship Board and therefore will not be able to release the film in Malaysia,” Malaysian distributor United International Pictures said in a brief statement on Monday. The film was due to be released in theaters on Nov. 7, but gave no further details.

Universal is the parent company of DreamWorks Animation, which produced the film in collaboration with China-based Pearl Studios. “Abominable,” which has nothing to do with the territorial dispute, tells the story of a Chinese girl who helps return a Yeti to its home on Mount Everest.

The scene includes a wall hanging of a map of East Asia with a dotted line drawn through the South China Sea. An international tribunal invalidated China’s sweeping territorial claims in a 2016 lawsuit brought by the Philippines, but the ruling was rejected by Beijing. China continues to assert its claims to the sea by building and manning bases on artificial islands and stationing ships in the area.

VietnamThe film’s ban comes amid months of rising tensions in the disputed waters off Vanguard Bank after Chinese survey vessels and escort ships were spotted there. Vietnam.

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad warned on Monday that a growing military presence from China and the United States could threaten the vital shipping lane, and reiterated his call for a peaceful resolution to the dispute.

“Ships can still navigate freely without hindrance in the Straits of Malacca and the South China Sea, but once warships start being sent in, problems will arise. We all know that accidents may happen and accidents can lead to war,” he told local media on the sidelines of the meeting.

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