Exhibitions on maps and documents affirming Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos have contributed to promoting patriotism, solidarity and sense of responsibility of the Vietnamese people at home and abroad in safeguarding the nation’s sea and islands.

Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Bac Son made the statement at the opening ceremony of a exhibition held in the northern province of Quang Ninh on October 10.

He stressed that the exhibitions, which have been organised in many localities across the country in recent time, is part of the state’s communication efforts to raise public awareness of the nation’s sovereignty.

Nearly 100 maps and a great number of documents and publications are on display at the five-day event.

All of them are important historical and legal evidence asserting that the Vietnamese states have explored, exploited and exercised sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa and others waters since the 17th century in an uninterrupted and peaceful manner.

Along with the ongoing exhibition in the provincial Museum, a similar event will also be opened in Quang Ninh’s Co To island district.-VNA