A new book of poems by researchers Nguyen Nha and Mai Trinh Do Thi has just been published in Ho Chi Minh City.

Entitled Truong Ca Bien Dong va Giu Hon Dan Toc (Epic on the East Sea and Saving the Nation's Soul), the book contains 2,000 easy-to-remember verses on researches done by Nha in subjects such as geology, politics and history of establishing Vietnam's sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, and the activities of the naval forces guarding the sea and islands, as well as historical materials dealing with the issues.

Researcher Nha said during his research, teaching and organising of workshops on the East Sea, he realised that many Vietnamese people had not thoroughly understood the history as well as their responsibilities regarding the nation's sovereignty over the seas and islands.

So he wrote many books, translated materials from English to Vietnamese, and introduced poems and songs in libraries and schools, so that more people could understand the issue of the nation's sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa.-VNA