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More maps affirm Vietnam sovereignty over disputed isles
Publication Date : 10-01-2013
The Danang Institute for Socioeconomic Development (DISD) has unveiled more documents affirming Vietnam's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes.
Donated by Chairman of the US-based Institute for Vietnamese Culture and Education Tran Thang, the documents include 43 ancient maps and a book entitled "The Postal Atlas of China" published in Nanjing in 1919.
Last November, Thang gave the DISD and the People's Committee of Hoang Sa District in central Da Nang city the 1908 Atlas and 1933 Atlas, as well as 92 maps and three summary records with many Chinese maps that exclude the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes attached.
To date, Thang has presented DISD with 150 maps, including 110 originals and 40 copies. The maps were published in the UK, Germany, Australia, Canada, the US and Hong Kong (China) in the 1626-1980 period.
Among them, 80 maps depict Hainan Island as the southernmost territory of China, 50 show that Hoang Sa and Truong Sa belong to Vietnam and 10 maritime maps as well as 10 maps featuring Asia and Southeast Asia indicate that Hoang Sa and Truong Sa lie in the territorial sea of Vietnam.