The Petiton Letter
Mr. Chris Jones, Editor
The National Geographic Society
1145 17th St, NW
Washington, DC 20036-4688
March 10, 2010
Ref: The petition for removal of the
label “China” at the Paracel Islands on NGS’s online world map
Dear Mr. Jones:
We are writing this letter concerning
the label “China” at the disputed Paracel Islands on the online
world map edition published by the National Geographic Society.
The fact is that the islands located
in the South China Sea have never been recognized as part of Chinese
territory by the international community.
In this letter, we do not have any
ambition to convince you the Paracel Islands belong to a specific
country. Instead, we are requesting you to review the current status
of the islands based on reliable, third-party source for correctly
labeling the islands on your map.
The sovereignty disputes over the
islands remain unresolved for nearly a century. Over the years,
the United Nations have also received many complaints from Vietnam
and China regarding these features. In fact, the latest submissions
to the United Nations from these countries happened in May 2009.
The United Nations have classified the Paracel Islands as “the disputed
islands” and have never confirmed them belong to neither country.
It is no doubt that the National Geographic
Society is a trusted and reliable source of important information
for many people around the globe, including researchers and young
Therefore, in preventing the public
from being misled, we call upon you to immediately review and change
the label based on the true status of the Paracel Islands to reflect
both the point of view of the international community as well as
the neutral point of view policy of the National Geographic Society.
(*) Link to the said online world
map by National Geographic Society
1. The International Court of Justice
of the United Nations has recorded the Paracel Islands as the disputed
islands between Vietnam and China.
2. On May 6, 2009, Vietnam and Malaysia
formally filed a joint submission with the United Nations’ Commissions
on the Limits of the Continental Shelf to claim their territorial
sea, including the Paracel Islands.
3. On 6 August, 1998, at the request
of the Government of Viet Nam, the protest was circulated to all
States Members of the United Nations.
Right after publicizing the Petiton letter, we knew
it had some typos, including the name of the Editor-in-Chief which
was incorrectly spelled. It should be Chris Johns instead.
However, according to the petitionspot.com's rules, we were not
allowed to make any change to the letter after it was posted.
Link to the Petition: http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/ParacelIslands