PARACEL & SPRATLY ISLANDS BELONG TO VIETNAM
The Paracel Islands (known in Vietnam as the Hoang Sa or Quan Dao Hoang Sa, known in China as the Xisha Islands, or Xisha Dao, or Xisha Qundao) about 250 miles off the coast of Hainan. They are also about the same distance off the coast of Vietnam [but closer to Viet Nam].
In 1932, French Indochina annexed the islands and set up a weather station on Pattle Island; maintenance was continued by its successor,Vietnam.
The islands were formerly part of Vietnam, and were controlled by Vietnam until 1974 when China forcibly took them from Vietnam.
The Spratly Islands (known in Vietnam as Truong Sa or Quan Dao Truong Sa, known in China as the Nansha Islands or Nansha Qundao) consist of more than 100 small islands or reefs.
They are surrounded by rich fishing grounds and potentially by gas and oil deposits. In the past, all these islands were controlled by Vietnam but nowadays after some historical changes (World War II, Vietnam War , Naval battle in Spratlys 1988, etc...) Spratly islands about 45 islands are occupied by relatively small numbers of military forces from Vietnam, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan. Up to now, these islands are claimed in their entirety by Vietnam.
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