Title

Contested space: national and micronational claims to the Spratly/Truong Sa Islands - a Vietnamese perspective

Authors

Giang TH Tran

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Tran, GTH 2014, 'Contested space: national and micronational claims to the Spratly/Truong Sa Islands - a Vietnamese perspective', Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures

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Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

The archipelago located in the eastern Pacific Ocean around 4-11 degrees North and 109-117 degrees East, known in English language as the Spratly Islands, in Vietnamese as the Truong Sa Islands and in Chinese as the Nansha Islands, has been subject to contesting claims that have intensified in recent decades with the growing perception that the area has substantial sub-surface oil and/or mineral deposits that could prove a lucrative asset to whichever country can establish a definitive claim over and related exploitation of them. Following an account of Vietnam’s historical presence in the area, the article discusses some of the more fanciful micronational claims that have been made over the region and Vietnamese efforts to consolidate their claim to sovereignty in the face of contesting claims from other regional powers.