More than 200 maps, documents and objects on Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos are on display at an exhibition that opened in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu on May 15.
The three-day “Vietnam’s Hoang Sa, Truong Sa – Historical and Legal Evidence” exhibition aims to affirm Vietnam’s sovereignty over the two archipelagos and reject allegations distorting history and China’s groundless claims over the islands.
The exhibited materials are in Chinese, Nom (old Vietnamese writing using Chinese characters) before 1975, woodblocks and ancient documents under the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945) demonstrating Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos.
Maps of Vietnam and China published by western countries from the 16th to the 20th centuries and those published by Vietnam and China are also on display.
Many photos and documents reflect how Vietnam exercised and defended its sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa.
The materials introduced at the exhibition show that the collection, research of materials and evidence to affirm Vietnam’s sovereignty over the sea and islands has been carried out for a long time.
Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Vuong Phuong Nam highlighted the significance of the event, saying it aims to raise public awareness of the role of sea and islands of the country, and promote national unity among communities and their determination to safeguard national sovereignty.
The exhibition helps the people better understand Party and State guidelines and policies on protecting the national sea and island sovereignty, he added. -VNA