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Documents prove VN owns islands

Update: December, 16/2013 - 08:00
The documents provide historical and legal evidence that the southernmost territory of China is Hainan Island and that Viet Nam has exercised sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos for many centuries.— Photo vov

HA NOI (VNS) — An exhibition that opened in the capital city yesterday provides irrefutable documentary evidence of Viet Nam's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes.

Titled "Viet Nam's Hoang Sa and Truong Sa – Historical Evidence," the exhibition at 45 Trang Tien Street, aiming to heighten public awareness of national sovereignty, features over 58 maps, 33 historical documents and 31 books and writings collected by domestic and international researchers and scholars.

The documents provide historical and legal evidence that the southernmost territory of China is Hainan Island and that Viet Nam has exercised sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos for many centuries.

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Apart from the documents in the Vietnamese, Chinese and French languages dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries, the exhibition presents 100 photographs of delegations from Ha Noi visiting Truong Sa; and of moments in the daily lives of soldiers and civilians on the archipelago.

Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc, deputy chairwoman of the Ha Noi People's Committee, said that event will popularise the fact of Viet Nam's sovereignty over the two archipelagos.

It will raise solidarity and awareness of the responsibility to defend the sovereignty of the nation's seas and islands, she said.

The exhibition shows clearly that the collection and research of documents and evidence of the nation's sovereignty over its seas and islands have been carried out for a long time, she added. — VNS

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