An exhibition on Hoang Sa, Truong Sa in Hoa Binh province (Source: VNA)
Lang Son (VNA) - An exhibition displaying maps and documentation on Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes opened in the northern border province of Lang Son on January 14.

Organised by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC), the exhibition, titled “Vietnam’s Hoang Sa, Truong Sa – Historical and Legal Evidence”, is part of a public communication campaign to affirm Vietnam’s sovereignty over the two archipelagos.

On display are photos, documents, objects and nearly 100 maps which have been collected by domestic and foreign researchers and scholars so far.

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.

Many photos and documents reflect the process Vietnam exercised and defended its sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa since 1930 until China used force to occupy Hoang Sa on January 19, 1974.

There are 65 maps testifying Vietnam’s sovereignty over the two archipelagos announced by Vietnam and Western countries from the 17 th century to present.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Doan Cong Huynh, Director of the MIC’s Grassroots Information Department, said that the exhibition aims to raise public awareness of firmly safeguarding the country’s sacred sea and island sovereignty.

It also helps international friends, including Chinese people, gain a deeper understanding of Vietnam’s history and desire to maintain peace and stability in the East Sea as well as in the region, he added.

The ministry has so far organised more than 40 exhibitions on the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes nationwide.-VNA