An exhibition on historical and legal evidence proving Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos was launched in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on August 24.
The exhibition, co-organised by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) and the provincial People’s Committee, showcases a collection of nearly 100 maps, documents, publications and objects that testify to Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa.
The exhibited materials are in Han (classical Chinese), Nom (Vietnamese ideographic script), Vietnamese and French languages issued by Vietnamese feudal states, the French government in Indochina (on behalf of the then Vietnamese state), and other foreign states.
Among them there are official records of the Nguyen Dynasty, which reflected the process of establishing, exercising and defending Vietnam’s sovereignty over the two archipelagos.
The documents also include four Atlas and 30 maps officially published by the Chinese governments through historical eras, demonstrating that China did not manage the two archipelagos.
Many photos and documents reflect the process Vietnam exercised and defended its sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes since 1930 until China used force to occupy Hoang Sa on January 19, 1974.
The exhibition will run until August 26. A similar show will be held in the island district of Con Dao from August 25 to 29.
So far, the MIC has organised exhibitions on historical and legal evidence proving Vietnam’s sovereignty over the two archipelagos in 36 provinces and cities nationwide. Representatives from the MIC said that the events aim to raise public awareness, promote solidarity and encourage the responsibility of Vietnamese nationals, especially youngsters, in protecting national territory.