A map drawn by the Belgian cartographer Phillipe Vandermaelen showing that the Hoang Sa Archipelago belongs to Vietnam has been handed over to the People’s Committee of the island district, which is under the jurisdiction of Da Nang.
The map is donated to the Hoang Sa People's Committee.
The map, titled Partie de la Cochichine, is part of a world atlas published in 1827, detailing the exact locations, geographical features and Western names of islands in the archipelago, also known as Paracels.
The map was donated by Tran Thang, President of the Institute of Vietnamese Culture and Education in the United States.
The A3-size map depicts Vietnam’s central coast from latitude 12 (currently Khanh Hoa Province) to latitude 16 (currently Quang Nam Province) and the waters where the Hoang Sa Islands are located.
In addition to geographical features, the map also contains a short introduction to the Empire of Annam as Vietnam was then known in terms of physical appearance, politics, statistics and mineralogy.
The map’s name, Partie de la Cochichine, refers to the southern part of Vietnam.
According to the donator of the map, this invaluable document is a solid piece of evidence of Vietnam’s indisputable sovereignty over the Hoang Sa Archipelago.
Prior to Vandermaelen’s map, Tran Thang had also donated a collection of 150 ancient maps, many of which were drawn during the 1618-1859 period showing that Hoang Sa belongs to Vietnam.
Many maps of China by Western cartographers from 1626 to 1980 shows that China’s southernmost tip is Hainan Island.
Among the donated maps, one atlas published by the Chinese government in Nanjing in 1933 and one by a Christian mission to China published in the UK in 1908 also affirms that China’s southernmost territory ends in Hainan.