An exhibition on “Vietnam’s Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos: Historical and Legal evidence” was opened on January 27 in northern Hoa Binh province to deepen public understanding of Vietnam’s ownership of the two archipelagos.

The event was jointly hosted by the local and Hanoian Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism at the Hoa Binh Museum.

The exhibit displays over 200 historical objects, including official documents dating back to Vietnam’s Nguyen dynasty and ancient maps of Vietnam and China drawn by westerners, as well as maps of China drawn by its Chinese nationals that do not depict the islands.

The display is expected to provide locals with a clear and proper understanding of the issue and, more importantly, motivate them to take part in protecting national sovereignty over the two islands.

According to Bui Ngoc Lam, Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the department will work with the local Department of Education and Training to organise seminars on the issue and tours to the exhibition for local students.

A travelling exhibition to reach ethnic minority groups will also tour remote areas over the next 6 months.-VNA