An exhibition on “Vietnam’s Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos: historical and legal evidence” was launched at the Khmer Cultural Exhibition Centre in the southern province of Soc Trang on November 4.

The exhibition displays legal and historical evidence proving Vietnam’s sovereignty over the two archipelagos.

It also showcases 12 ancient Vietnamese maps, as well as official documents dating back to the Nguyen dynasty, (1802-1945) and photographs of the two archipelagos.

According to Vice Chairman of the Soc Trang provincial People’s Committee, the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa ( Spratly) archipelagos are inseparable parts of Vietnam’s territory. He said the displayed maps, photographs, records and documents prove the Vietnamese State’s sovereignty over the two archipelagos since the 16th century in accordance with relevant rules and principles of international law.

The exhibition aims to deepen the understanding of international friends, including Chinese, of the historical truth and demonstrate Vietnam’s aspiration to maintain peace, and consolidate stability in the region, and confirm the nation’s will to protect its motherland.

The exhibition ends on November 10.-VNA