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Visitors of the exhibition. Photo: nhandan.com.vn

The exhibition also showcases many documents in Han Nom (Vietnamese old script based on Chinese characters), Vietnamese and French, which were published by the Vietnamese feudal government and the French administration in Indochina from the 17th century to early 20th century. They testified to the process of establishing, continuous enforcing and protecting Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes.

Alongside, royal documents issued by the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), the Republic of Vietnam in the South of Vietnam in the 1954-1975 period, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam from 1975 to now also highlight Vietnam’s sovereignty over the two archipelagoes.

At the same time, the exhibition also introduces publications and research works by Vietnamese and foreign scholars regarding Vietnam’s sovereignty over seas and islands.

The maps and documents show that Vietnamese people have exercised sovereignty over the two archipelagos for a long time in history, rejecting China’s arguments distorting history as well as its ungrounded claims over the two archipelagoes in the East Sea.

According to Duong Tu, Vice Director of the Department of Information and Communications of Binh Thuan, over the past years, the East Sea (South China Sea) has seen complicated developments, especially some foreign countries’ illegal encroachment and construction in Hoang Sa and Truong Sa of Vietnam, seriously violating the sovereignty of Vietnam over the two archipelagoes and threatening peace, stability in the region as well as navigation and overflight security, safety and freedom in the East Sea.

He said the exhibition helps highlight the Party and State’s stance on safeguarding sovereignty in the East Sea and settling disputes through peaceful measures.

The exhibition will last until October 22.

Source: VNA