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Maps indicate Viet Nam's ownership of Hoang Sa, Truong Sa

Update: January, 21/2014 - 09:05
The event, titled "Viet Nam's Hoang Sa and Truong Sa – Historical Evidence", showcases a collection of 20 copies of royal records from King Gia Long of the Nguyen dynasty (1802-45), which relate to the exploitation, management and sovereignty claims of Viet Nam over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes.— Photo tuoitre.vn
DA NANG (VNS)— An exhibition featuring 150 old maps and other historical documents that show Viet Nam's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes opened in central Da Nang City on Sunday.

The event, titled "Viet Nam's Hoang Sa and Truong Sa – Historical Evidence", showcases a collection of 20 copies of royal records from King Gia Long of the Nguyen dynasty (1802-45), which relate to the exploitation, management and sovereignty claims of Viet Nam over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes.

"The exhibition is part of a series of communication programmes aimed at the masses to introduce the historical evidence on Viet Nam's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) islands," Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Bac Son said at the opening ceremony.

"The exhibition will provide further historical and legal evidence to prove that the country's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes existed over generations," Son added.

Last year, Da Nang City's Hoang Sa District received a collection of 150 maps published between 1626 and 1980, 10 of which indicate that the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos were parts of Viet Nam's territory, and 102 books published in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and the Han Chinese script.

The exhibition will run through January 25 at the Da Nang Museum.

Meanwhile, nearly 40 photos which prove Viet Nam's sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa, are also on display at the Ha Noi Museum, highlighting historical evidence about Hoang Sa, Truong Sa of Viet Nam; the life of soldiers and people on Truong Sa and the feelings of Ha Noi's authorities and people towards Truong Sa.

There are some historical documents like ancient maps of Viet Nam, China and some western countries which prove that the two archipelagoes belong to Viet Nam; a copy of the declaration of Viet Nam's sovereignty over the two archipelagoes by the Vietnamese delegation at the San Francisco meeting in 1951, and a birth certificate given to Mai Kim Quy, who was born on Hoang Sa archipelago on December 7, 1939.

For the first time, 33 coral stones taken from the islands of Truong Sa archipelago are also being displayed in Ha Noi.

The exhibition will run at the museum, in Pham Hung Road, until the end of March. — VNS.

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