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Thai Nguyen (VNA) – An exhibition affirming Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spartly) archipelagos opened in the northern province of Thai Nguyen.

Titled “Vietnam’s Hoang Sa, Truong Sa – Historical and Legal Evidence”, the exhibition introduced nearly 600 publications and 80 photos related to the country’s sea and islands, including the two archipelagos.

Maps issued by Vietnam, China and Western countries from the 17th to the 20th century and four atlases published by China proving Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos were also on display.

Besides, the event included books and photos featuring islands belonging to the Truong Sa archipelago as well as locals’ lives in the area which are provided by the library of the central province of Khanh Hoa.

Documentaries on sea and island sovereignty of Vietnam were also shown at the event, along with a talk show themed “Vietnam’s sea and islands and national sovereignty” held by representatives of the Chief Navy Technical Service.

The event aims to raise awareness of importance of Vietnam’s sea and responsibility in protecting the country’s sea and island sovereignty among local officials and people.

The exhibition opens until November 23 at Thai Nguyen University.-VNA