This May 11, 2015 aerial photo taken through a glass window of a military plane shows China’s on-going reclamation of Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. The dispute over the strategic waterways of the South China Sea has intensified, pitting a rising China against its smaller and militarily weaker neighbors who all lay claim to a string of isles, coral reefs and lagoons known as the Spratly and the Paracel islands. Only about 45 of them are occupied. (Ritchie B. Tongo/Pool Photo via AP)

China’s dubious claim to more than 80% of the South China Sea, which includes overlapping claims with the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Vietnam, took another hit recently when Dr. Tran Duc Anh Son, a Vietnamese historian and deputy director at the Da Nang Institute for Socio-Economic Development, visited Yale University in New Haven, CT.
Dr. Son had previously made trips to the Yale University Library and the U.S. Library of Congress to collect proof of Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagos in the South China Sea.