At the exhibition (Source: VNA)

Thai Nguyen (VNA)
- Nearly 200 maps, photos, documents and objects on Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos are being displayed at an exhibition opened in Dai Tu district in the northern province of Thai Nguyen on July 23.

Notably, on display are photos of important documents and maps proving the legality of Vietnam’s sovereignty over the archipelagos.

They include a royal ordinance of the Nguyen Dynasty in 1834, a royal document relating to Quang Ngai’s envoy Dang Duc Thiem asking for tax reduction for ships serving the mission in Hoang Sa in 1838, and an old map published by the Qing dynasty of China in 1904.

Photos exhibited at the event also reflect the daily life of Vietnam’s soldiers and people in the archipelagos.

The event aims to affirm Vietnam’s sovereignty over the two archipelagos and refute allegations distorting history and groundless claims for the islands and other marine areas.

The exhibition will run until August 8.-VNA