|An exhibition featuring maps and documents clearly establishing Viet Nam's sovereignty over the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagos opened at the Museum of Southern Armed Forces in HCM City yesterday. — Photo tuoitre.vn
HCM CITY (VNS) — An exhibition featuring maps and documents clearly establishing Viet Nam's sovereignty over the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagos opened at the Museum of Southern Armed Forces in HCM City yesterday.
The exhibition, titled Hoang Sa and Truong Sa of Viet Nam – Historical and Legal Evidence, showcases more than 100 ancient maps, historic documents, publications and photos.
These include copies of documents kept by the National Border Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Da Nang Research Institute for Economic and Social Development.
The exhibition features a collection of 65 maps published by Viet Nam, several western countries and China since the 17th century.
The collection's highlight is the Universal Atlas of Physical, Political, Statistical and Mineralogical Geography by Belgian geographer Philippe Vander-maelen, published in Brussels in 1827.
All the maps show evidence of the two archipelagos that belong to Viet Nam.
The event also includes dozens of historic documents issued by feudal dynasties from the 17th-20th century.
They reflect the establishment of Truong Sa and Hoang Sa and the defence and excercise of Viet Nam's sovereignty over the archipelagos.
Publications about Truong Sa and Hoang Sa published by western countries are translated into Vietnamese and introduced at the exhibition.
There are photos depicting the daily lives of residents and soldiers in the islands.
The exhibition, organised by the Ministry of Information and Communications, has been held in 31 cities and provinces, nine islands and five armed force units since 2013.
Minister Nguyen Bac Son said at the opening ceremony: "The exhibition aims to raise awareness of the Vietnamese people, especially youth, about Viet Nam's sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa through legal and historical evidence, as well as national defence and development."
When the exhibition in HCM City closes on January 11, all exhibits will be gifted to the Military Zone 7 High Command to continue exhibitions at many military units.
The museum is located at 247 Hoang Van Thu Street in Tan Binh District. — VNS