Illustrative photo (Source: Internet)

Lam Dong (VNA) – An exhibition featuring over 200 maps, documentaries and objects on Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes opened in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong on September 27. 

Titled “Vietnam’s Hoang Sa, Truong Sa – Historical and Legal Evidence”, the event aims to affirm the country’s sovereignty over the two archipelagoes. 

The exhibits include documents in Chinese, Nom (old Vietnamese writing using Chinese characters), modern Vietnamese and French issued from the 17th to the 20th century by the Vietnamese feudal states and the French government in Indochina (on behalf of the then Vietnamese state). 

There are also four atlases published by China and a six-volume atlas by Western countries also proving Vietnam’s sovereignty over the islands, together with the woodblocks of the Nguyen Dynasty and official documents approved by Nguyen kings relating to Vietnam’s exercise of sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa. 

Especially, images of President Ho Chi Minh in the National Assembly election in 1960 provided by Vietnam News Agency are also on display. 

Nguyen Viet Van, Director of the provincial Department of Information and Communications, the exhibition helps raise the awareness of protecting the country’s sea and island sovereignty among local officials and people.-VNA