Visitors to the exhibition (Photo: VNA)
 
Tuyen Quang (VNA) – A photo exhibition, entitled “Vietnam’s Hoang Sa, Truong Sa: Historical and legal evidence”, opened in the northern province of Tuyen Quang on September 26.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Hoang Vinh Bao affirmed Vietnam’s consistent viewpoint on its sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes as well as its jurisdiction rights over waters and continental shelf in the East Sea in line with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The display of materials and photos affirming Vietnam’s sovereignty over two archipelagoes aimed to raise awareness of protecting the country’s sea and island sovereignty among officers, soldiers and people, he added.

On showcase are photos, documentaries and documents, including those issued by the Vietnamese feudal states from the 17th to 20th century and others written in ancient Chinese, French and Vietnamese languages, together with nearly 100 maps and atlases asserting Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes.

There are the Nguyen dynasty’s royal records and administrative documents from 1954-1975 and from 1975 to now, which affirm Vietnam’s exercise and protection of its sovereignty over these islands.

The exhibition also features 65 maps certifying that the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes belong to Vietnam, published by Western nations since the 17th century.

It runs until September 30.-VNA