April 25, 2017 | 21:18 (GMT+7)
Hoang Sa, Truong Sa exhibitions held in Nghe An, An Giang
Historical and legal proofs affirming Vietnam’s ownership of Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos are being showcased at an exhibition that opened in Thanh Chuong district, the central province of Nghe An on April 25.
On display are 150 maps, documents and publications which were discovered and collected by both international and domestic researchers and scholars.
They include copies of documents written in Han (classical Chinese), Nom (Vietnamese ideographic script), Vietnamese and French, which were issued by the Vietnamese feudal dynasties and French administration in Indochina from the 17th century to the early 20th century.
Especially, the exhibition features official documents of the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945) recording Vietnam’s constant process of establishing, exercising and safeguarding sovereignty over the two archipelagos. Meanwhile, various versions of administrative documents issued between 1954-1975 highlighting the exercise and safeguarding of the archipelagos are also exhibited.
The two-day event also introduces a line-up of relevant documents and publications by some western countries in the 18th and 19th centuries, certifying that Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos belong to Vietnam. Especially, the exhibits include four atlases published by the Chinese governments through historical periods, defining Hainan island as China’s southernmost point.
The exhibition aims to raise public awareness, spirit of solidarity and responsibility of Vietnamese people, especially expats and young generations, in protecting and affirming the national sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa islands.
Also on April 25, a similar exhibition took place in Oc Eo town, Thoai Son district, the Mekong Delta province of An Giang.