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International law and sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly archipelagoes (Part 14)

South China Sea

Part 14: Acquisition of sovereignty over Trường Sa (Spratlys)

For the Trường Sa archipelago, the first specific observations of this area took place between 1867-1868 by the British oceanographic research vessel Riflemean.

Later, the area left abandoned until the scientific reconnaissance carried out by the French ship de Lanessan in the sea area of Trường Sa Islands. The vessel paid much attention to accurately determining maritime conditions for navigating through this area on the straight route from Saigon to Manila (Philippines).

In December 1927, Mr. Kurosawa, Consul General of Japan in Hanoi, inquired the General Governor of Indochina about the territorial status of Trường Sa and other islands. In addition, the results of observation by the ship de Lanessan captured the attention of a new phosphate company of Bắc Kỳ (North Vietnam),  who sent the Governor of Cochinchina a statement dated October 19th, 1928 in respect of the mining research…

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