An international seminar opened in the central province of Quang Ngai on April 27, highlighting Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos from historical and legal viewpoints.

Over 50 domestic and foreign scholars and researchers from various countries including the US, Russia, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, India, the Republic of Korea and the Philippines, as well as representatives from several ministries, branches and localities nationwide took part in the event.

Speaking at the seminar, Dr. Pham Dang Phuoc, Rector of Pham Van Dong University and organiser of the event, said that the seminar aims to clarify the historical and legal foundations of Vietnam’s sovereignty over the two archipelagos, while creating a chance for participants to discuss ways to settle disputes in the East Sea to ensure peace, stability and cooperation.

The event is also important in the context of the complicated situation in the East Sea and China’s establishment of the so-called “Shansha City”, seriously violating Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos, he said.

Participants at the two-day event discuss a wide range of issues, including international law on historical sovereignty, historical evidence and the legal basis Vietnam affirms its sovereignty over the archipelagos, measures to peacefully settle current sovereignty disputes and conflicts over the archipelagos and issues related to the East Sea.

On April 28, they are scheduled to visit historical sites connected to Vietnam’s sovereignty practices in Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos, and take part in the “Le Khao le the linh Hoang Sa” ( Hoang Sa Soldier Feast and Commemoration Festival ) on Ly Son island.-VNA