PANO – The Ministry of Information and Communications on March 2nd presented a collection of maps and documents as historical evidence confirming Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos to the Border Guard Command.
The collection, including 180 documents and maps, is part of those which have been collected at home and abroad with legal and historical values proving that Vietnam early established its sovereignty over the two archipelagos by peaceful means and its feudal dynasties and states have continuously exercised and defended the sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos.
Notably, many files and maps released by Western states and China over the past hundreds of years have shown that China has no sovereignty over archipelagos named Hoang Sa and Truong Sa.
At the ceremony, the organizing panel exhibited some documents and maps, including 19 imperial archives, originating from the reign of King Minh Mang (1820-1841) to King Bao Dai (1925-1945), reflecting the establishment and protection of the national sovereignty under the Nguyen Dynasty. Those documents, collected and presented by researcher Phan Thuan An, were translated and announced by the National Boundary Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Other exhibited documents are the five Han Nom documents dated from 1803 under the reign of King Gia Long to 1836 under the reign of King Minh Mang, with records on the establishment of teams in charge of conducting surveys in different places in Hoang Sa archipelago; 60 maps proving Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos, which have been announced by Vietnam, Western countries and China since the 16th century; and some images of today’s Truong Sa.
The presented documents and maps have been exhibited 22times nationwide.
Addressing the ceremony, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan emphasized that the present would contribute to the gratitude to fallen soldiers who defended the national sacred sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos and to compatriots at home and abroad who have collected and kept valuable documents relating to the two archipelagos of Hoang Sa and Truong Sa.
Translated by Mai Huong
Đăng ký: VietNam News