Dak Lak Locals Get Insight into National Sovereignty over Islands through Exhibition
|Delegates cut the ribbon opening the exhibition. Source: daklak.gov.vn|
The Department of Information and Communications of Dak Lak has just coordinated with the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the People's Committee of Krong Bong district to organize an exhibition themed “Hoang Sa, Truong Sa belong to Vietnam: historical and legal evidence” in the town of Krong Kmar.
This is a meaningful activity to promote information about the sea and islands of the Fatherland.
The mobile exhibition was held for three days, on September 16-18, attracting a large number of officials and delegations, youth members, students, soldiers of the armed forces and people in the area came to enjoy.
With nearly 100 images and exhibits including map of Vietnam under the monarchy (16th-19th centuries), excerpts and copies of the Nguyen Dynasty affirmation of Vietnam's sovereignty over the two archipelagos of Hoang Sa and Truong Sa; maps published in the Western countries (16th-19th centuries) documenting Vietnam's sovereignty over the two archipelagoes of Truong Sa and Hoang Sa; the map of China published by the West and China (16th-20th centuries) records that the Paracels and Spratlys do not belong to China; pictures and documents of Truong Sa archipelago before 1975; some pictures of the current Truong Sa archipelago and activities of Vietnamese Party and State leaders, naval officers and soldiers, and people on Truong Sa island.
Many historical documents as well as ancient Vietnamese and foreign maps have proved that Vietnam was the first country to have established sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos when they were unclaimed territories.
|Locals get deep insight into national sovereignty over islands through exhibition. Source: daklak.gov.vn|
Under the reign of King Gia Long (1802-1820) Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa archipelago was further strengthened.
In 1805, the King ordered a land survey from the south to the north of the country and requested the making of administrative documents on land areas, which was completed in 1836.
The King also re-established the Hoang Sa flotilla and its affiliated unit, the Bac Hai flotilla, with the aim of managing, protecting, and exploiting Hoang Sa and Truong Sa.
Recently-collected evidence of the establishment and enforcement of State sovereignty over the Hoang Sa archipelago is the birth certificate of Mai Kim Quy that states that Quy was born at 3pm on December 7, 1939, on Hoang Sa (Pattle) Island, in the Hoang Sa archipelago. The certificate was signed and sealed by a representative of the French administrative unit based on Hoang Sa on June 28, 1940.
Historical evidence of Vietnam’s long-standing sovereignty over the two archipelagos is also recorded in many documents from foreign authors.
The activities of the Hoang Sa flotilla are recorded in the two main national history books of Vietnam under the Nguyen Dynasty: Dai Nam Thuc Luc tien bien, published in 1844, and Dai Nam Thuc Luc chinh bien, in 1848.
This exhibition is meant to promote information and propaganda about the sea and islands of the Fatherland, contributing to instilling patriotism, national pride and self-respect, and raising a sense of responsibility in the construction process. building and protecting the integrity of the border territory, sacred sea and islands of the Fatherland.
After three days of traveling exhibition in Krong Kmar town, Krong Bong district, the organizing committee will organize another exhibition in Ea H'Leo district in the near future.
In July, a similar event also has been held in the northern province of Bac Giang to showcase photos and documents featuring Vietnam’s Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes and ethnic groups of Vietnam to local people.
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