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Sovereignty over Paracel and Spratly Archipelagoes

The Indisputable Sovereignty of Viet Nam over the Paracel Islands

South China Sea

Published online on January 30th, 2011, by the National Committee for Border Affairs

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

* The original article in Vietnamese can be found at: www.biengioilanhtho.gov.vn

Translated by Nguyễn Trịnh Đôn

The Paracel (Hoàng Sa) and the Spratly (Trường Sa) Islands are two archipelagos offshore Viet Nam. The closest point of the Paracel Islands is 120 nautical miles east of the City of Đà Nẵng and Ré Island, a coastal island of Viet Nam, while the closest point of the Spratly Islands is 250 nautical miles to the east of Cam Ranh Bay.

In the early days, with only vague information about the Paracel and the Spratly Islands, navigators only knew that there was a large area of submerged cays dangerous for watercrafts in the middle of the South China Sea, referred to as “the East Sea” (Biển Đông) by Vietnamese…

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