Sunday, September 11, 2011

China's map incorrectly claiming most of Southeast Asia Sea as her territorial waters

08 September 2011

RE: Dear Sir and Madam,
We are a group of Vietnamese academics and professionals living in Vietnam and various parts of the world. We wish to alert your publication to the cartographic legerdemain that academics and professionals from China have been using in the articles that they submit to publications with a worldwide audience, such as Science, Nature, Climatic Change, Agricultural Water Management, Waste Management, to name just a few.
The legerdemain involves the inclusion of the disputed waters and islands to the east of Vietnam in tandem with the deletion of neighboring countries such as Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines in the map of China that appears in their articles. (Please see the attached maps to see how the sleight of hand is performed). It is part of a concerted effort by China to “authenticate” her territorial claims.
In the past few years, China has arbitrarily and unilaterally claimed virtually the whole Southeast Asia Sea as her “historical waters”. This area of about 350,000km2, also referred to as the East Sea by Vietnam, encircles the archipelagos of Paracels and Spratlys. It has been a subject of territorial dispute among Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Taiwan, and China (which wrested control of the Paracels and some western islands of the Spratly Archipelago from Vietnam after bloody naval battles in 1974 and 1988).
China’s territorial claims to the hand-drawn U-shaped 9-dotted line zone in the doctored map that these Chinese academics and professionals have inserted in their articles have neither scientific facts nor geographical information to certify its authenticity. They also defy the internationally recognized legal basis as set out in UNCLOS (United Nations on the Convention of the Law of the Sea)."
Inserting a doctored map of China that covers virtually the whole South East Asia Sea in articles originating from Chinese institutions and destined for scientific and non-scientific journals worldwide is part of the Chinese government’s ploy. China is hoping that over time frequent appearances of such a map in well-known publications and the absence of challenges from editors and readers will help establish de facto recognition of her claims over the disputed lands and waters.
In the interest of truth and integrity, we respectfully ask you to be on the alert and not lend the imprimatur of your prestigious publication to this sinister ploy.
Yours sincerely,
On behalf of signatories
Hung Nguyen,
Doctored map of China: Countries of South East Asia excluded;
Southeast Asia Sea included in a 9-doted zone, aka the “cow tongue”
True regional map of South East Asia showing the “cow tongue ” proximity
to Southeast Asian countries.


Hoang Tuy, Ph.D, Prof, Institute of Mathematics, Hanoi Vietnam
Vu Gian, Economist, former Consultant of Swiss State Secretariat of Economy, Switzerland
PhamXuan Yem, Ph.D., Prof, University of Paris 6, France
Nguyen Dang Hung, Ph.D., Prof , Liège, Belgium
Hoang Anh Tuan Kiet, Ph.D., Commissariat Energy Atomique -Cadarache, France
Trinh Khanh Tuoc, Ph.D., New Zealand
Tran Ngoc Bich, Ph.D. (Economics), CFP, E.A., USA
Nguyen Thuong Son. Ph.D., Australia
Ngo The Hoanh, M.Eng.Sc., P.Eng., Canada
Tran Mai, Ph.D., Australia
Tara T. VanToai, Ph.D., USA
Norman N. VanToai, Ph.D., USA
Le Quang Long, B.E. Mech, New Zealand
Tran Minh Phuong, M. Tech, Australia
Do Gia Tuyen, B.E. Elect, Saudi Arabia
Tran Ba Tuoc, M. Com., Vietnam
Bui Viet Long, B.E. Mech, Vietnam
Nguyen Van Xa, M.E. Civil, USA
Nguyen Van Tu, M.Com. (Econ.), New Zealand
Nguyen Quoc Lap, Ph.D.,USA
Huynh Huu Han, B.S. Tech (Food), USA
Duong Van Tuyet, M.Com. (Econ.), USA
Bien Cong Danh, M.E. Elect, New Zealand
Ngo Minh Triet, P.E. Civil, USA
Nguyen Huu Kho, Ph.D.(Chem Eng), P.E., USA
Truong Nham, Ph.D, Australia
Truong Kim Ngoc, B.E. Chem, USA
Le Ba Hong, M.Sc, Australia
Ngo Tung Huynh, B, Agr.Sc, Australia
Vu The Hung, B.S. Comp., USA
Nguyen Danh Ngon, P.E. Civil, USA
Nguyen Thi Mai Chi, B.Com., USA
Nguyen Bich Lien, B.A. Edu., USA
Dinh Mui, B.A. Edu., Australia
Bui Sy Tuan. Ph.D, MBA, MSCIS, USA
Tran Quang Duong, B Technology (Food), M.A., New Zealand
Bui Thi Bich Chau, M.A., USA
NguyenThien Nga, B.S. Comp., New Zealand
Do Thi Nhung, B.A. Edu., USA
Nguyen The Hung, Prof, Uni of Danang, Vietnam
Nguyen-Do Khanh, Ph.D., Australia
Vuong Ngoc Diep, M.Com.,Economics, USA
Vuong Thanh Truc, B.A.Edu, USA
Pham Phan Long, P.E, Chairman Viet Ecology Foundation, USA
Vu Quyet, M.A.Edu., USA
Marie Dung Burns, M.A. Edu., New Zealand
Le Thu Lieu, B.E. Chem, New Zealand
Ngoc Bich Becker, MTA. CANDMED, Germany
Nguyen Van Hao, M.E. Civil, Australia
Le Thi Tinh Tien, M.Com, Economics, Australia
Nguyen Thi Mong Trinh, B.A, New Zealand
Dang Ngoc Hung Thomas, M.B.A, CPEng, Australia
Nguyen Huu The, M.E. Mech., USA
Le Cong Hoai vong, M.Sc. Environment service, USA
Ngo Khoa Ba, M.B.A., USA
Nguyen Hung, B.E. Chem, Australia

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