Royal documents prove Vietnam’s sea, island sovereignty

Authorities from the central province of Binh Thuan held a ceremony on August 4 to receive original documents that illuminate the protection of the country’s sovereignty over seas and islands in the past. 

The materials consist of two royal ordinances and five papers, written in Han-Nom (Vietnamese ideographic script). 

They were granted to Le Van Cham and Le Non by the feudal Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), assigning them to command naval teams to safeguard the waters from Binh Thuan to Khanh Hoa province. 

The documents were then preserved by Le Nhu, the fifth generation of the two men, in Tuy Phong district. 

They hold significant historical, cultural, and scientific values, according to Vice Chairman of the Binh Thuan People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Tam. 

They serve as a piece of evidence proving that the Nguyen Dynasty gave due attention to setting up naval teams and defending the country’s sovereign waters. 

Local authorities granted a certificate of merit to Le Nhu in recognition of his contributions to preserving the archives which remain nearly unchanged over the past 170 years.
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