Irrefutable evidence of Vietnam's sea, islands sovereignty on display

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Ancient Chinese and Japanese maps are among the items on show at an exhibition in Hoi An Town that presents evidence of Vietnam's sovereignty over islands in the East Sea.

The exhibition at the Hoi An History and Culture Museum of Quang Nam Province presents more than 60 images of official documents that show the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands off the central coast as belonging to Vietnam.

It is part of efforts being made by Vietnam to spread awareness and garner international support for resolving territorial disputes with China, which has launched various activities around the islands including oil exploration and tourism, and has also attacked Vietnamese fishermen and surveillance boats.

Among the evidence, which date back to 1400, are old maps collected by government agencies and residents, verifying Vietnam's long-established jurisdiction over the islands.

One is a Chinese map made in 1904 during the reign of the Qing Dynasty, which does not show the islands among China's territory. The map has been displayed to the public in Hanoi since July when it was donated by Chinese language expert Mai Hong to the Vietnam National History Museum in the capital city.

Another Japanese map of Vietnam in 1838 also shows the islands.

The exhibition will remain open until January 3 at No. 7 Nguyen Hue Street, Hoi An. The evidence will later be taken to public places and government offices around town in order to educate young people and increase awareness among foreign visitors.

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