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Vietnam Bans Barbie Film over Disputed Nine-Dash Line Map

Geopolitical Wrangling: Warner Bros. Faces Backlash for Including Contentious Map in Movie

Vietnam Bans Barbie Film over Disputed Nine-Dash Line Map

Vietnam Bans Barbie Film over Disputed Nine-Dash Line Map

Vietnam has recently imposed a ban on an upcoming Barbie film, citing concerns over a scene that includes a map illustrating disputed Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea. 

It is worth noting that this is not the first time Vietnam has banned a movie featuring the nine-dash line. Previous instances include the DreamWorks film “Abominable” and the Sony action movie “Uncharted.”

The film is scheduled for release on 21 July 2023. The Barbie movie stars Margot Robbie as Barbie, while Ryan Gosling as Ken. The movie is directed and written by the very talented Greta Gerwig

Warner Bros., the production studio responsible for the Barbie film, has yet to respond to Vietnam’s ban. The move by Vietnam underscores the sensitivity surrounding the South China Sea disputes and the ongoing geopolitical complexities in the region.

What is the Nine Dash Line Dispute?

The 9 dash line dispute revolves around conflicting territorial claims over the South China Sea, which is renowned for its vast energy resources. 

What is the Nine Dash Line Dispute
What is the Nine Dash Line Dispute

China’s nine-dash line, a cartographic representation that dates back to the 1940s, encloses the majority of the South China Sea, encompassing vital shipping lanes and potentially lucrative oil and gas reserves. However, several neighbouring countries, including Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, and Taiwan, have contested China’s expansive claim. These nations argue that their own territorial rights and maritime boundaries overlap with the nine-dash line, leading to heightened tensions and territorial disputes in the region.


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