Visitors look at an old map at the exhibition. (Source: VNA)

Son La (VNA) – An exhibition entitled “Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos belong to Vietnam – historic and legal evidence” reached northern Son La province on September 9, after travelling through various localities nationwide.

The exhibition aims to raise awareness, unity, and sense of responsibility of people as well as Vietnamese overseas, particularly young people, in protecting and affirming Vietnam’s sovereignty over two archipelagos Hoang Sa and Truong Sa via published historic materials.

Materials, documents, objects, and publications at the exhibition are divided into 12 groups and nearly 100 maps that have been published so far by researchers, domestic and international scholars.

Materials in the exhibition include Chinese maps, Vietnamese nom-language maps and French versions issued by the Vietnamese feudal dynasties and French administrations in Indochina from the 17th to early 20th century, affirming the assertion, exercise and protection of Vietnam’s sovereignty over the two archipelagos.

It also features copies of documents issued by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam from 1975, claiming and exercising Vietnam’s sovereignty over Truong Sa and Hoang Sa and other islands within Vietnam’s territory.

Noteworthy are four sets of maps and 30 maps, which are published by the Chinese dynasties and governments via different historic periods, showing that China has never managed the two islands.

Materials displayed at the exhibition form part of historic evidence and legal grounds proving Vietnam’s sovereignty over the two archipelagos.

The exhibition will take place until September 13 and all materials and objects will be gifted to Son La province for organising similar events in the locality.-VNA