Netflix has pulled an Australian spy show from its services in Vietnam over scenes containing a map of the South China Sea showing Beijing’s claims in the flashpoint waterway.
The map — shown briefly in two episodes of ‘Pine Gap’ — had prompted a complaint from the Southeast Asian country’s broadcasting authority.
China has long used its so-called nine-dash line to justify its claims over most of the resource-rich South China Sea, often to the displeasure of Vietnam, which also claims parts of the waterway.
Vietnam’s Authority of Broadcasting and Electronic Information said on its website that the images shown during the six-episode drama had ‘violated the country’s sovereignty over sea and islands’.
‘Netflix’s violations have hurt feelings and caused outrage among the entire Vietnamese people,’ it added.
The statement also said this was the third time over the past 12 months that Netflix had been found to ‘distribute movies and TV shows containing content which violates Vietnam’s sovereignty’.
It singled out Chinese rom-com ‘Put Your Head on My Shoulder’ and the political drama ‘Madam Secretary’.