Old foreign maps prove Hoang Sa belongs to Vietnam

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Authorities in the central city of Da Nang received a total of 90 old foreign maps Friday along with five books and magazines that further establish Vietnam's sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago.

The documents, published in China, the US, and many European countries between 1626 and 1975, were handed over to the Hoang Sa District's People's Committee by Tran Thang, a Vietnamese-American, Vietnamnet reported that day.

Thang bought the documents with money funded by the city's budget and 11 Vietnamese individuals, including some who live overseas, it added.

Among them were Chinese oil and mineral mine maps published in China in 1949 and republished in the US in 1975 that show the Chinese border ending at Hainan Island and do not include Hoang Sa, the news website said.

The same borders are reflected by a postal map published by the Chinese Ministry of Transport in Nanjing in 1933, it added.

Meanwhile, Asian and Vietnamese maps showed that Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelagos belong to Vietnam, said Tran Duc Anh Son, deputy chief of Institute for Da Nang Economic and Social Research.

Speaking at the ceremony that day, Dang Cong Ngu, chairman of Hoang Sa District People's Committee, said the newly received maps are "precious" historical documents that assert Vietnam's sovereignty over Hoang Sa and that Hoang Sa is an administrative unit of Da Nang City.

Anh said scanned copies of the maps and books will be displayed in different localities at various events, including Sea Week 2013 in the central province of Khanh Hoa, and Ho Chi Minh City. 

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