World atlas affirms Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa
Monday, 2014-10-20 03:57:42
NDO - Vietnamese sovereignty over the Hoang Sa archipelago has been further strengthened by a world atlas published by Belgian geographer Philippe Vandermaelen in Bruxelles in 1827.
A copy of Vandermaelen’s Atlas universel was handed over from the Ministry of Information and Communications to the Ministry of Home Affairs at a ceremony on October 19.
Vietnam − then known as Tonkin, An-nam and Cochinchina, which refer to the northern, central and southern regions − was introduced in sheets 97, 105, 106 and 110 in the atlas’s second volume on Asia.
Sheet 106 draws Vietnam’s central coast from latitude 12 to latitude 16 with the Hoang Sa islands mapped in detail from within latitudes 16-17 and longitudes 109-111, affirming that the archipelago belongs to Vietnam.
The sheet also contains a section on the Empire of An-nam.
Meanwhile sheet 98 mapping China’s Guangdong (then known as Canton) and Hainan Island clearly shows that the southernmost tip of China does not extend to latitude 18, further confirming that the Hoang Sa islands do not belong to China.
Philippe Vandermaelen (1795 - 1869)’s Atlas universel has been an authoritative world atlas for over 200 years, consists of six volumes with 381 detailed maps, 40 statistical pages and many tables containing information about geography, politics and mineral distribution.