After its long sea route, ship HQ 571 anchored on Truong Sa Dong island which belongs to Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago at sunrise. The sunrise makes the island more sparkling and fanciful. The island is home to soldiers who faithfully protect each meter of sea and land generated from their ancestors. Sunrise on Truong Sa Dong island. The light on ship HQ 571. Release of CQ canoe to sea meets difficulty because of rough sea. CQ outboard going to Truong Sa Dong island. A navy soldier signals the outboard to the island. Firmly protecting the island. Cadres and soldiers on the island welcome a working delegation from the mainland. Wind energy brings light to the island. Bang Vuong (Malabar Almond) trees cannot be forgotten when talking about Spratly archipelago. A moment to relax for cadres and soldiers on the island. and the moonlight seen from the island. … [Read more...] about Sunrise on Truong Sa Dong island
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On June 17, the Nha Trang Institute of Oceanography in the central province of Khanh Hoa received a model of the Truong Sa Lon island, part of Vietnam's Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, from the Me Trang Coffee Joint Stock Company. The model includes a maquette of the island, the sovereignty landmark and the lighthouse on a scale of 1:400k. It is showcased at the Hoang Sa - Truong Sa (Paracel and Spratly) Islands' Resources Museum in the institute. According to Bui Hong Long, head of the institute, the model not only has a high aesthetic quality, but also can help visitors get closer to the Spratly archipelago. The museum is currently displaying many other objects related to the Paracel and Spratly Islands. … [Read more...] about Institute of Oceanography receives Truong Sa Lon island model
Anyone going to the Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago should not miss seeing Truong Sa Lon (Big Spratly) Island, dubbed the “capital” of Truong Sa Island District of the southern coastal province of Khanh Hoa. Here, visitors will not only be amazed at the prosperous life of the soldiers and the people but will also feel the pride of a rich, beautiful Vietnam and a strong attachment between the people on the mainland and the island. The Truong Sa Archipelago of Vietnam consists of many islands, including Truong Sa Lon Island. Earlier this year, the island received many delegations from the mainland and in June of this year, a ship carrying a delegation of cadres and relatives of the soldiers defending the island docked there. During the ship’s two-day trip, the sea was quite calm and the sun was shining, giving us a chance to behold the spectacular and immense sea of Vietnam. We spotted schools of colourful fish swimming in the clean and clear water. From afar, … [Read more...] about Truong Sa Lon Island
Tran Van Xuat has not been back to Truong Sa Dong Island in the Truong Sa Archipelago (Spratlys) since he completed his military service 29 years ago, but memories of the island still appear in his dreams. Xuat and 31 soldiers were sent to protect Truong Sa Dong - a 200m long coral reef located 260 nautical miles off Cam Ranh Port in the coastal province of Khanh Hoa - for three years. Xuat, who heralds from a stone masonry village in the central city of Da Nang, erected a stone stele dedicated to the island in front of his house in memory of the time he served there, and as a place for his comrades to meet up every year. The marble stele has become a point of pilgrimage for his 32-man company every April - the month they first stepped off the boat onto the island in 1984. Life on coral reefs Born into a family of 11 brothers and sisters, Xuat worked at his family business and fished in his free time. He joined the navy at the age of 19 with a team of 10 other rookies. "I … [Read more...] about Military memories of Truong Sa Dong island
Vietnam has sufficient historical and legal evidence to prove its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) islands, which the country occupied peacefully in the 17th century and has since excercised its jurisdiction over them. China's claim to the " nine-dotted line" in the East Sea is totally wrong as far as its historical name and sovereignty is concerned. In ancient Chinese bibliographic documents, China's territorial areas extend to Hainan Island as the ending point in the south. Many old geographical documents define Hainan Island as China's southernmost point. Among them are the geographical records of Qiongzhou district and Guangdong province in 1731. The fact on the southernmost point of China is also recorded in "Hoang trieu nhat thong Du dia tong do" (Geographical map of the unified reigning dynasty) released in 1894. Notably, at page 241 of the Chinese textbook on geography published in 1906 confirms China's southernmost point is the Ya Zhou coast of … [Read more...] about China has no legal basis to claim sovereignty over Hoang Sa, Truong Sa
VietNamNet Bridge - In the 15th century, Western missionaries and traders set foot in the "mysterious East". In Vietnam, commercial stations and commercial ports for European traders were set up in Dang Trong (the south) and Dang Ngoai (north). The records kept by Westerners about Asian countries in that period shed light on the historical truth: Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) islands belong to Vietnam. Part 1: Ancient records show Vietnam's sovereignty over Hoang Sa - Truong Sa Part 2: Vietnamese emperors claimed sovereignty over Hoang Sa, research shows Part 3: Nguyen Dynasty rescued French vessels in East Sea Hoang Sa - Truong Sa in a search for colonies In 1494, Pope Alexander VI divided the newly discovered lands outside Europe to Portugal and Spain along a meridian 370 leagues west of the Cape Verde islands (off the west coast of Africa), through the Treaty of Tordesillas. This line of demarcation was about halfway between the Cape Verde Islands (already … [Read more...] about Western witnesses of Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa
A textbook from 1853 contains a map demonstrating that Hoang Sa and Truong Sa belong to Viet Nam. Ha Nguyen and Lan Anh report. A map found in an ancient textbook on the history of the Nguyen dynasty confirms Viet Nam's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) islands. Van Nhu Manh told Sunday Viet Nam News that his family, who live in Son Hai Street in Sam Son Town, Thanh Hoa Province, found the map showing the two archipelagos as part of the country's territory on an ancient Vietnamese history and geography textbook. The 74-page book was written by Pham Phuc Trai, a mandarin at the Hue Royal Court. First printed in 1881, the textbook was used in schools for hundreds of years and made use of four-word sentences to make it student-friendly, said Pham Thi Thuy Vinh, associate professor and deputy chief of the Institute of Han-Nom Studies. Manh said his great-great grandfather, Van Dinh Bua, was a teacher in the Royal school in the Imperial Palace in Hue, so … [Read more...] about Old map confirms island sovereignty
VietNamNet Bridge – Building up rocky areas, changing reefs into islands, and building runways and infrastructure on illegally occupied islands are part of China’s "artificial islands" strategy. What impact will this change of geographical entities in the East Sea have on the area? How will this affect strategic and military calculations of the parties involved? What are the other purposes behind the military objective? Dr. Truong Minh Huy Vu, from the Faculty of International Relations of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University, talked with VietNamNet about the issues. China's acceleration of turning reefs in Vietnam’s Truong Sa Archipelago (Spratly Islands) into islands is now a concern of the whole region. Are they the "military fortresses" that can change the situation and the strategic calculations in the East Sea (South China Sea)? With an area of up to 3.5 million km2, a relatively enclosed waters, military experts … [Read more...] about Artificial islands: ‘military fortresses’ or ‘sandcastles’?
VietNamNet Bridge - In theory, the positions controlled illegally by China in Truong Sa (Spratly Islands) in particular and the entire East Sea in general will help strengthen its ability to control the sea lanes and rapidly deploy armed forces. Control of strategic points Photo: Beijing’s construction works on the Gaven Reef of the Spratly Islands in late March last year (left) was connected with a new artificial island via a road (right). Photo: IHS Jane's/VNE. China began massively upgrading and expanding reefs in Truong Sa in 2014. This process can be interpreted in a variety of angles. One of them is to create a springboard in the overall strategy of the Chinese navy, with the basic goal of "preventing intrusion and access" (A2/AD). A2/AD, expressed in a simple way, is pushing the military presence of the United States in the Asia-Pacific from China as far as possible, in which the East Sea has the key position. With this strategy, China is trying to ensure its … [Read more...] about East Sea: What conspiracy is behind China’s artificial island?
During their rule in Dang Trong (the South of Vietnam), the Nguyen Lords made great contributions to the nation’s historical development. They reclaimed virgin land in Thuan Quang region (the present-day provinces of Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue) and at the same time further expanded their territory southward, creating Sai Gon - Gia Dinh region and its vicinities. In addition, the Nguyen Lords started establishing trade ties with regional countries like Japan and China as well as with western nations, including the Netherlands and Portugal. Especially with their seaward vision, the Nguyen Lords made great efforts in managing, controlling and establishing sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes. The Nguyen Lords have handed down to posterity a strategic task of defending and maintaining the nation’s territorial waters in the East Sea, embracing Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes. Hoang Sa and Truong Sa regions rich … [Read more...] about VN sovereignty over Hoang Sa, Hoang Sa established at least since 17th century