A workshop on East Sea was held in New South Wales University, Australia, on November 30, drawing the participation of many experts, international onlookers and overseas Vietnamese people in the country.

Doctor of History Nguyen Nha presented historical evidence proving Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes.

He stressed that the country’s sovereignty is indisputable, having been made clear through geographical records and administrative and historical documents from both Asian and Western countries dating back to the 19th century.

Nha cited several theoretical points made by international lawyers that refute China’s claims over Truong Sa and the East Sea, saying they are legally groundless.

Honorary Professor Carlyle A.Thayer of New South Wales University also introduced the legal grounds and practical policies needed in the settlement of the East Sea dispute.

He reiterated the geographically strategic location of the two archipelagoes, the role of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and moves of ASEAN and China in handling the issue.

Delegates at the seminar discussed issues related to the role of international law in this case and value of the historical evidence held by Vietnam.-VNA