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Analyses and Commentaries

International law and sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly archipelagoes (Part 9)

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Part 9: Documents that objectively recognize Vietnam’s sovereignty

In order to resolve the prolonged debate on the historical title of the archipelagoes, it is best to consult the opinions of third parties.

Westerners had spoken about the inclusion of the Paracel archipelago into Annam. The French missionaries on the ship Amphitrite, on their way to China, wrote in an article in French in 1701: “Paracel is an archipelago belonging to the Kingdom of Annam. It’s a terrible submerged reef, stretching hundreds of miles, ships had been wrecked there many times”[1].

bando_w_400 One of the navigation maps of the Portuguese in the 16th century, in which the archipelagoes of Hoàng Sa and Trường Sa were combined as one with the name “Paracel” in the East Sea, off the coastal islands in Central Vietnam – Documentary photo

Jean-Louis Taberd noted:

“Pracel or Paracels (Bãi cát vàng), although this archipelago has nothing but rocks…

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