The Hoang Sa Annals, containing historical documents and evidence regarding Vietnam ’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, made its debut in the central city of Da Nang on Jan. 9.

The over-200-page book is divided into four parts: Hoang Sa – sovereignty of Vietnam , State management of the Hoang Sa archipelago, Hoang Sa and historic witnesses, Da Nang people’s feelings on Hoang Sa.

The book also featured accounts by 24 people who lived and worked in the archipelagos during the 50s-70s of the 20th century on their time spent on Hoang Sa.

Dang Cong Ngu, Director of Da Nang city’s Home Affairs Department and Chairman of the Hoang Sa District People’s Committee, said the release of the annals aims to provide accurate, scientific and legitimate information for readers on the issues. At the ceremony, Nguyen Van Cuc, who used to work in the Hoang Sa archipelago, stressed the significance of the book in asserting the country’s sovereignty over the islands, where some of his co-workers had laid down their lives.

Pham Khoi, who worked in Hoang Sa in 1969-1970, drew a map of the Hoang Sa archipelago and presented it to the Hoang Sa District People’s Committee./.