TRUONG SA ISLAND, KHANH HOA PROVINCE — A 132-strong delegation representing mass organisations from the mainland began a four-day visit to Truong Sa Archipelago yesterday.
The delegates are from HCM City, Ca Mau Province, the Viet Nam Fine Arts Association and Viet Nam Fine Arts University, and officers from Military Zone No 3.
They began the trip by burning incense at the President Ho Chi Minh Commemorative House and at the cemetery in memory of heroic martyrs.
They called on local residents, the military garrison, Truong Sa Pagoda, and Truong Sa Primary School.
They handed over gifts and in the afternoon put on a big show for the locals.
The visitors from HCM City include Buddhist, Catholic, and Cao Dai monks and nuns, artists and sculptors, overseas Vietnamese, and common people.
They are scheduled to visit the islands of Da Lat, Da Dong, Tien Nu, Nui Le, and An Bang. DK1/19 and DK1/8 oil rigs are also in their itinerary.
Nguyen Thanh Phong, deputy secretary of HCM City's Party Committee and head of the delegation, said the visit would help underline to people across the country, especially in HCM City, Viet Nam's sovereignty over the Truong Sa Archipelago.
With more than 100 islands and islets spread over 160,000-180,000sq.km, Truong Sa Archipelago is situated 203 nautical miles from Phu Quy Island in Binh Thuan Province and 595 miles from China's Hainan Island.
Truong Sa District comprises Truong Sa town and the two communes of Song Tu and Nam Yet.
Truong Sa town is often a refuge for fishing vessels from Phu Yen, Quang Ngai, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan, and other southern provinces in bad weather.
In 2014 more than 90 fishermen from the mainland got medical aid at the Truong Sa town medical centre, according to the town people's committee.
With its favourable geographic location, Truong Sa is an ideal port and fishing services centre. — VNS