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24/07/2017 - 10:23

Exhibition of historical, legal evidence of the Paracels and the Spratly islands 

Exhibition of maps and documents titled "The Paracels and the Spratly islands of Vietnam - The historical and legal evidence" was held by the Ministry of Information and Communications in collaboration with the provincial People's Committee on the afternoon of 21 July at the Provincial Culture and Information Center (41A Hung Vuong street, Hue city).

Mr. Le Truong Luu, Member of Central Party Committee, Secretary of Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of People's Council; Mr. Hoang Vinh Bao, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications attended the exhibition.

Delegates visit the exhibition of historical and legal evidence of the Paracels and the Spratly islands

The exhibition has showcased many documents, artifacts, publications and 100 maps collected from many sources published by domestic and international researchers and scholars. In particular, there were four atlas (maps) published by the Qing dynasty and China including Chinese map published in 1908; Chinese full map published in 1917; Chinese postcard maps published in 1919 and 1933.

The maps detailed each province, showing clearly the transportation routes of correspondence and documents in Chinese provinces and cities. Places which were not in Chinese territory would not be shown in the maps. In these maps, China’s southernmost border was limited to Hainan Island without mentioning the Paracels and the Spratly islands. The two archipelagos of Paracel and Spratly were completely beyond the so-called "historical sovereignty" of China as they has claimed.

Secretary of Provincial Party Committee Le Truong Luu (right) gives a gift to the Ministry of Information and Communications

In addition, the exhibition also brought to viewers the versions of documents in Han (Chinese script) and Nom (Vietnamese ideographic script), Vietnamese and French documents issued by the feudal Vietnam and the French government in Indochina from 17th century to early 20th century. All of them confirmed the processes of establishment, enforcement and protection of Vietnamese sovereignty over the two archipelagos. The version of administrative documents issued by the Republic of South Vietnam government in southern Vietnam in 1954-1975 continued to confirm the processes of administrative management, implementation and defence of Vietnamese sovereignty over the two archipelagos of Paracel and Spratly.

 Along with that, there were many photo documents on the economic, cultural and social development of the island district of Spratly in the country’s industrialization and modernization period; photo documents on the process of construction and development in Thua Thien Hue province, photos of the Party, government and people of Thua Thien Hue involving in the preservation of sovereignty over sea and islands.

Mr. Hoang Vinh Bao, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications (right) presents all of the maps and documents of  "The Paracels and the Spratly islands of Vietnam - The historical and legal evidence" to the provincial People's Committee

The Ministry of Information and Communications also presents all of the documents and maps in this exhibition to the provincial People's Committee.

The exhibition will be opened to the public until 24 July.

Photos at the exhibition taken by Thua Thien Hue Online:

Cutting the opening ribbon of "The Paracels and the Spratly islands of Vietnam - The historical and legal evidence" exhibition

A singing performance about the soldiers guarding the national seaday and night, touching the people attending the exhibition

Ancient archaeological records show thatthe Paracels and the Spratly islands belong to Vietnam

Two soldiers enjoy watching their comrades in photos

Many people attentively look at the documents evidencing that Vietnam established sovereignty over the two archipelagos of the Paracels and the Spratly islands

A viewer takes photos at the exhibition

The debris from the vessel of Vietnamese Coast Guard numbered 2016, hit by a Chinese cruise ship while it was performing its mission on the Paracel sea on 1/6/2014

Model of Vietnam Navy vessel

A stretcher used by soldiers on HQ 913 vessel when they rescued HQ 605 vessel hit by Chinese ship at the islands of Co Lin and Len Dao on 14/3/1988

The maps show clearly that the two archipelagos of the Paracels and the Spratly islands are completely beyond the so-called "historical sovereignty" of China as they has claimed…

Documents, artifacts, publications proving the Paracels and the Spratly islands belonging to Vietnamese sovereignty has been digitized and introduced to viewers at the exhibition

Many people visit the exhibition

By Phan Thanh

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