The Ministry of Information and Communications on May 5 presented the Naval Academy based in central Khanh Hoa province with maps and documents proving Vietnam’s sovereignty over two archipelagos in the East Sea.

The evidence, numbering over 100 items, have been recognised as legal evidence asserting Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos.

The items, collected in Vietnam and other countries, are replicas of 19 royal documents from the reign of kings Minh Mang (1820-1841) and Bao Dai (1925-1945) of Vietnam’s Nguyen Dynasty. They also include 60 maps published by Vietnam, China, and western countries since the 16 th century.

One outstanding object is the map “Partie de la Cochinchine” from the World Atlas of Geography published in Belgium’s Brussels in 1827. It was the first to map exact locations, geographical features and western names of big islands in Hoang Sa archipelago, which it shows belonged to Vietnam.

Also on May 5, an exhibition on the sea, islands and naval soldiers of Vietnam was held in Hanoi to celebrate the 60 th founding anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Navy.

The event, organised by the Naval High Command and the University of Fine Arts, features 36 artworks, including paintings, sculptures and photographs, which aim to raise public awareness and a sense of responsibility towards the protection of national sovereignty.-VNA