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An exhibition featuring legal and historical evidence affirming Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos opened in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang on September 1.

On display are valuable photos, objects, documents, publications and nearly 100 maps in Vietnamese and foreign languages, discovered by both domestic and foreign researchers.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Minh Hong said that the exhibits are part of legal and historical evidence collected in Vietnam and other countries, including China. They prove Vietnam ’s sacred sovereignty over the archipelagoes – the indispensable territorial pieces of the country.

The five-day exhibition aims to raise public awareness of sea and island sovereignty protection and help international friends, including Chinese nationals, understand correctly the East Sea situation as well as the legitimate aspiration of the Vietnamese people to maintain peace and stability in the East Sea and the region for national development, he said.

Following the exhibition, the documents and maps will be moved to remote areas across the province for further display.

On the same day, a similar exhibition was opened in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang and it will run until September 4.-VNA