Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Scarborough Reef, 1862

China has included the disputed Spratlys in a map printed in their new e-passport. The Philippines, India and Vietnam have strongly denounced this. China has also been claiming the Scarborough Reef, also known as Bajo de Masinloc, which is120 miles off the Zambales town of that name. 
The Carta General del Archiepelago Filipino (section of it shown here), printed in Madrid in 1862, shows that 'Bajo Masing/Scarborough' (which we encircled in red in the picture) has always been part of Philippine territory.
Outline of Zambales province at the right side.
Obras Publicas,1848-1895.  Carta General del Archiepelago Filipino (Madrid, 1862). National Archives of the Philippines [SDS-16801, S-102]. 

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