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Australian university workshop discusses East Sea issue

Update: December, 02/2013 - 15:10
At the workshop, Doctor of History Nguyen Nha presented historical evidence proving Vietnam's claims of sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes.— File Photo

SYDNEY (VNS) — A workshop focusing on the East Sea was held in New South Wales University, Australia, on November 30, drawing many experts, international onlookers and overseas Vietnamese residents.

At the workshop, Doctor of History Nguyen Nha presented historical evidence proving Vietnam's claims of sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes.

He stressed that the country's sovereignty is indisputable, having been made clear through geographical records and administrative and historical documents from both Asian and Western countries dating to the 19th century.

Nha further cited several points made by international lawyers that refute China's claims over Truong Sa and the East Sea, saying they are legally groundless.

Honorary Professor Carlyle A.Thayer of New South Wales University also reviewed the legal grounds and practical policies needed in the settlement of the East Sea dispute.

He reiterated the geographically strategic location of the two archipelagoes, the role of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and moves by ASEAN and China in handling the controversy.

Delegates at the seminar also discussed issues related to the role of international law in this case and the value of historical evidence held by Vietnam. — VNS

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