Exhibition on Hoang Sa, Truong Sa comes to Tien Giang. (Photo: VNA)

Tien Giang (VNA) – The exhibition “Vietnam’s Hoang Sa, Truong Sa – Historical and Legal Evidence” came to My Tho city in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang on April 22.

On display are more than 200 items including maps, photos, documentation and publications dating between the 17th and 20th centuries that affirm Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos.

Among the exhibits is the “Atlas Universel de Geographie” (World Atlas of Geography) compiled by Belgian geographer Philippe Vandermaelen (1795 – 1869) and published in Brussels, Belgium in 1827.

Map of “Empire d’An Nam” (Empire of An Nam) indicates Hoang Sa is part of “Dang trong” (Cochinchina) of Vietnam. (Photo: Ministry of Information and Communications)

The atlas includes four maps of Vietnam under the name “Empire d’An Nam” (Empire of An Nam) indicating that Hoang Sa is part of “Dang trong” (Cochinchina) of Vietnam.

Speaking at the event’s opening ceremony, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Pham Hong Hai said the exhibition gives the public, particularly the youth, a better understanding on the history of Hoang Sa and Truong Sa as well as Vietnam’s ownership of the two archipelagos.

It also hopes to raise the sense of patriotism and responsibility of national protection among the Vietnamese, he added.

The exhibition will be open to public at the provincial Cultural Centre until April 26.-VNA