Exhibition held on Vietnam’s ownership of Hoang Sa and Truong Sa

Exhibits affirming Vietnam’s sovereignty over Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagos were showcased at an exhibition in central Nghe An province’s Vinh city on May 26.

An ancient map showing Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagos was connected with the islands off Central Vietnam is on display at the exhibition. (Photo: Vietnamplus)

An ancient map showing Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagos was connected with the islands off Central Vietnam is on display at the exhibition. (Photo: Vietnamplus)

The display includes photos, documents, objects and nearly 100 maps, which were discovered earlier by both domestic and international researchers. The displayed materials are in Han (classical Chinese used in Vietnam), Nom (Vietnamese ideographic script), Vietnamese and French languages issued from the 17th to the outset of the 20 th centuries by the Vietnamese feudal states and the French government in Indochina (on behalf of the then Vietnamese state). They recorded the process of establishing, exercising and defending Vietnam’s sovereignty over the two archipelagoes.

Notably, maps published by China up to the beginning of 20th century demonstrate China’s southernmost territory as Hainan Island without any mention of Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos.

In addition, World atlas Universel, drawn by the late cartographer Phillippe Vandermaelen and published in 1827, also describes Hoang Sa archipelago as belonging to Vietnam.

The exhibition aims to raise the public’s awareness as well as promote solidarity and encourage the responsibility of Vietnamese nationals in protecting and affirming national territory.

The exhibition will run until May 30.

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