2 monuments symbolizing Vietnam’s sovereignty over Spratlys named national relics

By Tran Dang, Thanh Nien News

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Two stone monuments erected on islands in the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago by the Republic of Vietnam in 1956 have been recognized as national historic relics.
On Tuesday, Director of Khanh Hoa Province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Truong Dang Tuyen said his province (which administers the Truong Sa District) received the recognition from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

A monument on the Song Tu Tay (Southwest Cay) Island, part of the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago. Photo: Tran Dang

The steles, one on the Song Tu Tay (Southwest Cay) Island and the other on the Nam Yet (Namyit) Island, were inscribed by the US-backed Republic of Vietnam with the words, “The Truong Sa archipelago belong to Phuoc Tuy Province. A military mission paid a field visit to this archipelago on August 22, 1956 under the Vietnam Navy’s guidance.”

The monument on the Nam Yet (Namyit) Island, part of the Spratly archipelago. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

The former Phuoc Tuy Province (now Ba Ria-Vung Tau) sits southeast of Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City). In 1982, the Truong Sa island chain was merged into the central province of Phu Khanh.
After Phu Khanh was split into the provinces of Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa in 1989, the Truong Sa archipelago became a district of Khanh Hoa Province and remains so today.
Tuyen said his province will propose a plan to restore the two monuments in the near future.
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