Spratly Islands

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Sprat·ly Islands

 (sprăt′lē)
An island group in the South China Sea west of Palawan. The archipelago, which has potentially extensive oil and natural gas deposits, is claimed in whole or in part by China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Brunei, and is uninhabited except for several military posts.
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Spratly Islands

(ˈsprætlɪ)
pl n
(Placename) a widely-scattered group of uninhabited islets and reefs in the S South China Sea, the subject of territorial claims wholly or in part by six neighbouring nations. Compare Paracel Islands
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Theng said his boat's captain, Nguyen Thanh Tam, told him that they were at anchor "in the waters off Vietnam's Truong Sa islands"Vietnam occupies Spratly Island, which it calls Truong Sa around 1 AM on June 10 when he and his crew heard voices speaking in a foreign language.
The Paracel (Hoang Sa) and Spratly (Truong Sa) island groups have belonged to Vietnam for hundreds of years, says Mai, until China's invasion and capture of the Paracels in 1974 and its ongoing occupation of the Spratlys.
Hang said Vietnam had sufficient legal foundations and historical evidence affirming its sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes in line with international law.
It rightly predicted retaliation against the ruling from China, which shortly followed when the latter landed civilian aircraft on airstrips on two contested reefs, Subi and Mischief, (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/helen-clark1/vietnam-south-china-sea-ruling_b_11022864.html) Huffington Post reported. The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Le Hai Binh said of the incident: "Those actions conducted by China have seriously violated Vietnam's sovereignty and are unlawful and cannot change the fact[s] about Vietnam's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa [known as Spratly and Paracel in China] archipelagoes."
In a note verbale to the United Nations dated 22 February 2016, Vietnam stated that it "has ample legal basis and historical evidence to affirm its indisputable sovereignty over Hoang Sa [Paracel] Archipelago and Truong Sa [Spratly] Archipelago.
The Spratlys, known as the Truong Sa Islands in Vietnamese and as the Nansha Islands, are located southeast of the Paracels and are claimed in whole or in part by China, Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei.
This small atoll is mentioned several times in various historical documents due to its connection with the Paracel (Hoang Sa) and Spratly (Truong Sa) islands (Han Nguyen 1975; Lang Ho 1975).
Facebook fixed a map wrongfully depicting Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelagoes as Chinese territory after the Vietnamese Government complained about the error on Sunday.