Thư và trả lời của Bảo tàng Hoàng gia Greenwich về địa cầu có đường lưỡi bò

Hai hôm trước tôi gửi thư cho Bảo tàng Hoàng gia Greenwich, UK về việc thấy có quả địa cầu bán tại bảo tàng có đường lưỡi bò và ghi Hoàng Sa, Trường Sa bằng tiếng Tàu chứ không phải một ngôn ngữ trung tính là tiếng Anh.

Họ trả lời cảm ơn, quan tâm đặc biệt đến lưu ý của mình, hứa sẽ không mua loại địa cầu đó nữa và đội ngũ mua hàng của bảo tàng đã được làm việc về lưu ý để các quả địa cầu trong tương lai sẽ phù hợp hơn.

Xin gửi mọi người xem thư và trả lời của bảo tàng để tham khảo, share và áp dụng, nhân rộng ra khi đi đây đó. Càng ngày tôi thấy càng nhiều bản đồ, địa cầu như vậy. Việc này cũng lấy cảm hứng từ các thư của bác Phạm Quang Tuấn gửi tạp chí khoa học và Google cách đây vài năm về việc đường lưỡi bò.

Cảm ơn Bảo tàng Hoàng gia Greenwich. Thank you Royal Museums Greenwich.


Dear Trung-Tinh Le,

Thank you for writing to us regarding your experience of our shop at the Royal Observatory. We take formal complaints very seriously so will be making the necessary arrangements in response to your feedback. The globe in question will not be re-ordered going forward, and the buying team have been briefed with your feedback to ensure any replacement globes are suitable for sale in the future.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you again for contacting us.

With kind regards,

Rachel Kennedy

Buying and Merchandising Manager

Direct phone: XXXYYYZZZ

Greenwich, London SE10 9NF

Royal Museums Greenwich

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From: Le Trung Tinh []

Sent: 06 September 2017 11:29

To: Royal Museums Greenwich Enquiries

Subject: Clarification about an item on sale in the Gift Shop of Peter Harrison Planetarium

Dear Madame or Sir,

We, a family of four, are subscribers and keen visitors of the Royal Museums Greenwich. We appreciate the site for its precious historic values as well as the excellent quality of its exhibitions that help us understand the past and live better the present.

We have visited the National Maritime Museum on the weekend of Sunday 23 July 2017, seen the Solar Superstorms show in the Peter Harrison Planetarium. Our visit should have been perfect had we not discovered some information as presented on the globe that was put for sale in the Gift Shop of the Planetarium. Please find attached some photos of the globe and the shop.

I would like to raise your attention on the information provided on the globe in the area of the South China Sea (next to the Philippines and Vietnam):

  1. Xisha Qndao, Nansha Qndao as presented on the globe are names in Chinese of features whose sovereignty are under dispute among neighbouring countries: between China, Taiwan and Vietnam for the first and between Brunei, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam for the second. Their international names are respectively Paracel and Spratly islands. The third party’s presentation of disputed territories using the names given by one side of the claimants could favour the position of this side. I would think this is not the purpose of the Royal Museums Greenwich, neither of its shops.
  2. More importantly, the globe presents the controversial U-shaped line comprising of 10 dashes that cover nearly all of the South China Sea. Despite having not made any official definition of this line, China has used it to exert their sovereignty rights in the area encompassed by the line, which causes many conflicts and tensions in the region. On 12 July 2016, an arbitral tribunal in the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled that China has no legal basis to claim “historic rights” within its U shaped line in a case brought by the Philippines. The tribunal judged that there was no evidence that China had historically exercised exclusive control over the waters or resources within the line. The ruling was however rejected by the Chinese government who continued to print this line in all their maps. You can see the full verdict here

I understand that the Royal Museums Greenwich could not have all the necessary resources to verify the neutrality and exactness of all the products put for sale in their shops. Hence by this letter I would like to raise your awareness on the issue and gently hope that you could deal with it in a timely manner. One of the actions that we would hope for is that you could stop selling the product and verify its correctness for the next time.

I am very impressed by the phrase on the website of the Royal Museums Greenwich: “We combine a proud heritage of preserving history with a commitment to advancing understanding.” I hope that children and adults using the globe bought at Royal Museums Greenwich gain the best understanding of history and the world, as stated in the cited commitment.

For your information I have already filled and submitted via your web page the comment form the week after the visit but found no feedback from you. Could you please keep us informed on your action this time. I am happy to discuss furthermore on the issue should you need any more information.

Thank you very much.

Yours faithfully

Trung-Tinh Le


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