Letter of Prof Pham Quang Tuan to Nature on their recent publication of an article showing the unlawful nine dotted line.
Prof Pham Quang Tuan from NSW Australia is the leading scientist in the campaign against the Chinease intrusion of politics into science, which was mentioned in Nature in 2011. His works inspire me and many others worldwide. Thank you Prof Pham Quang Tuan.
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On Sat, 20 Apr 2019, 06:03 pham quang tuan, wrote:
Dr Monica Contestabile,
Chief editor, Nature Sustainability
Dear Dr Contestabile,
On 11 February 2019 your journal published the article “China and India lead in greening of the world through land-use management” by Chen et al. (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-019-0220-7
Figure 2 of this article (attached) shows a map of China with a nine-dotted line that implies all islands in the South China Sea, and possibly the waters enclosed within the line, belong to China, when in fact both are hotly contested by other nations. This is not accidental but results from direct pressure of the Chinese government, in a blatant attempt to influence world opinion by inserting international politics and sovereignty claims into science.
Following letters of concern from international scientists on the same subject, in 2011 Nature declared in an editorial (https://www.nature.com/articles/478285a
) and accompanying article (https://www.nature.com/news/2011/111019/full/478293a.html
) that it would not tolerate the intrusion of politics into science, declaring unequivocally that “Political maps that seek to advance disputed territorial claims have no place in scientific papers. Researchers should keep relationships cordial by depoliticizing their work.”
I urge you to uphold this principle and demand that your authors follow it when submitting their papers.
Quang Tuan Pham
Uncharted territory. Editorial, Nature, Volume 478, page 285 (20 October 2011)