A 1906 map drawn in China shows that country without the Paracel and Spratly archipelagos
The Hoang Sa administration website has published maps created by China's Qing Dynasty in 1906 that do not show Hoang Sa (Paracels) and Truong Sa (Spratlys) archipelagos that as part of China.
The maps were printed in the Postal Atlas of China and reprinted by the Chinese government in the following years.
Le Phu Nguyen, a spokesperson for the Hoang Sa District People's Committee, said the atlas has provincial maps in which China's southernmost point is Hainan Island, he said.
It was reprinted in 1919 and 1933 by the Chinese government.
It is in three languages -- English, Chinese, and French -- and includes a map of China and 46 maps of its provinces.
It used to belong to a Polish collector who sold it to Tran Thang, a Vietnamese national who gifted it to the Hoang Sa People's Committee.
Hoang Sa is a district of Da Nang. The district office is located in Da Nang and is a largely symbolic agency to assert sovereignty over the Paracels, which has been occupied by China since 1974.
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