May 01, 2017 | 20:51 (GMT+7)
Vietnamese sea-island charms honored in Hungary
A show highlighting the beauty of Vietnam’s seas and islands took place at the Corvinus University in Budapest of Hungary on April 29, attracting hundreds of participants.
Co-organized by the associations of Vietnamese expatriates and students, the event displayed hundreds of photos and documents on the history of Vietnam’s sea and islands as well as the country’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos.
It introduced visitors to the maritime potential of the Southeast Asian country, which boasts more than 3,000 islands and a coastline spanning over 3,260 km.
Speakers of the event noted that China’s illegal construction and militarization of artificial islands in the East Sea (South China Sea) not only have negatively impacted security and safety of navigation and overflight in the region but also have hindered Vietnam from tapping its sea and island tourism potential.
A number of presented studies requested China to restrain from such activities and respect international law.
The event also included a musical concert, a fashion show and a food festival.