An old Chinese map indicating the extent of the country's territory and proving Vietnam's sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly Archipelagos), is being displayed in Hanoi since August 1.
Newswire Dan tri reported Thursday that the map, published by Shanghai Publishing House during China's Qing dynasty in 1904, shows China's territory to the south only extended to Hainan Island, and did not include the Paracel (Hoang Sa) and Spratly (Truong Sa) archipelagoes.
The map is being shown show until November 30 at the Hanoi-based Vietnam National Museum of History.
The artifact shows the administrative boundaries of all Chinese provinces at the time.
It has great historical value providing international and domestic scientists, researchers and visitors, especially Chinese people, with evidence and legal proof confirming Vietnam's sovereignty over the two archipelagos.
The 108-year-old map was given to the museum last week by Dr Mai Ngoc Hong, a former official of the Institute of Han Nom (Han Chinese and Vietnamese ideography script) Institute.
According to the museum, the display hopes to raise sense of civic responsibility in every Vietnamese citizens in protecting the country's sovereignty over the its islands and sea.
At least eight maps which were published in China early 20th century have been found, showing the two archipelagos do not belong to China.
The Vietnam National Museum of History is located on 216 Tran Quang Khai, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
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