Exhibits present evidence of Vietnam's sovereignty over Paracel, Spratly archipelagoes

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Two-hundred maps and other documents of Vietnam, China and some Western countries will be exhibited in Ho Chi Minh City, affirming that Vietnam has for long established and exercised its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes.

The exhibition, named "Hoang Sa, Truong Sa of Vietnam and historical evidence" is being held at the Reunification Palace on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street from August 22-29.

The reproduction of several documents in Han (Chinese), Nom (Chinese-transcribed Vietnamese) Scripts and Vietnamese issued by Vietnamese imperial governments from the 17th to early 20th century will also be on display, according to media reports.

Three Chinese atlases printed during the reign of the Qing Dynasty the last imperial dynasty of China in 1908, and the government that succeeded it from 1919-1933, will also be exhibited, the government's new website baodientu.chinhphu.vn reported last week.

Other documents including a series of photos focusing on the feelings of leaders and residents of Ho Chi Minh City about national waters and islands will be displayed on Dong Khoi Street nearby.

The event is jointly organized by the Ministry of Information and Communications and the HCMC People's Committee.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said on its website that the event provides a systematic and accurate material source that proves Vietnam's sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa.

It would also help strengthen solidarity and raise the sense of responsibility among all Vietnamese citizens and the Vietnamese diaspora, especially the youth, about the mission to protect the nation's seas and islands.

Earlier this year, many similar exhibitions had been held in Binh Dinh Province, Da Nang City, Hanoi and Ha Tinh Province. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Information and Communications have set up a free hotline, 1800 1771 since June 10 to collect information from individuals and organizations about documents and objects proving Vietnam's sovereignty over its two archipelagoes and sea territories.

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