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US publisher marked Huangyan Island as Chinese territory in 1994

(People's Daily Online)    14:33, July 13, 2016



Rand McNally, an American publisher that specializes in maps and other educational materials, labeled Huangyan Island using the Chinese transliteration system of pinyin in a 1994 world atlas, a Chinese American professor has recently pointed out.

Cui Jiaji, a retired professor who used to teach at the New York campus of DeVry University, told the Xinhua News Agency that the 1994 Illustrated Atlas of the World clearly marked "Huangyan Dao" in pinyin on pages 166 and 167.

Cui also noted that the island was placed outside the line of the border of the Philippines. “It is obvious that Huangyan Dao is outside the red border line, and is within Chinese territory,” he said.

In addition, Xisha and Nansha Islands in the South China Sea were all marked in pinyin, along with Yongshu Reef and Taiping Island. Other land areas on the pages were marked in English, Cui said.

“This has once again proven that China has indisputable rights over the islands in the South China Sea,” Cui said, adding that the edition published in 1994 was revised from the publisher's first edition in 1992, reflecting the U.S. government’s stance on the issue at that time. However, the pinyin "Huangyan Dao" could not be found in the revised 1999 edition of the atlas, Xinhua reported.

In 1994, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) came into effect, but the U.S. is not a signatory to UNCLOS, according to Xinhua. 


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