Vietnamese navy receive series of old sea maps

Ancient sea map of Vietnam. Source: Viet Nam News 20150626

The Vietnamese navy is handed a collection of old maps that note its sovereignty over disputed islands in the South China Sea for hundreds of years.

Ancient sea map of Vietnam. Source: Viet Nam News 20150626
Ancient sea map of Vietnam. Source: Viet Nam News 20150626

Navy receives maps of Hoang Sa, Truong Sa
Viet Nam News, 26 April 2015

The Ministry of Information and Communication has delivered a documentation collection, ‘Map Exhibition of Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) of Viet Nam – Historical and Legal Evidence,’ to the navy force.

The collection, which was handed over to the Command of Navy Zone 3, includes 132 maps and documents, of which 60 maps of Viet Nam, China, and some western countries published from the 16th century confirm Viet Nam’s sovereignty on the two archipelagos.

It also comprises 20 records of the royal Nguyen dynasty (1802-45); six written in Han (Chinese script) and 14 documents from the French colonial period, stating that Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) belong to Viet Nam.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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