Where Are The Legal and Historical Evidences of Vietnamese Sovereignty Over Spratlys and Paracels?

Commentary: The propaganda or promotion of Vietnamese legal and historical evidences regarding to the Vietnamese sovereignty of Spratlys and Paracels has been so amateurish that one has to wonder whether Vietnamese authorities actually want to defend the territorial integrity.

The way that the authorities to open some exhibitions at strategic locations for tourists to look at. This shows that the Vietnamese authorities are either incompetent or out of touch.

Vietnam needs to garner the support from international community for its rightful sovereignty of Paracels (illegally occupied by China) and Spratlys. In the era of information age, good documentary movies regarding the historical and legal evidences should have been well-documented and be shown in English, French, Spanish and Chinese.

However, one has to wonder whether the Vietnamese leaders have a strategy of garnering the international support for the defense of the national territorial integrity.

A Documentary movie “Hoàng Sa Việt Nam: Nỗi đau mất mát – La Meurtrissure-Painful Loss,” produced by the famous French Vietnamese man, André Menras-Hồ Cương Quyết, only documents the plights of the fishermen’s families encountered with the Chinese aggression at sea and kidnapping for ransoms, has been banned from premiering in Vietnam. The logic behind the ban is that Chinese aggression at sea is a sensitive issue, it is wiser to hide the truth from the public.

Some patriots have prodruced a documentary movie regarding about the Vietnamese sovereignty over Paracels and Spratlys. The quality can be much improved and special effects of Hollywood would help to attract foreign movie-goers to watch the documentary movie. Hopefully, some better-funded project into the documentary movie should make it better.

The exhibition showcasing newly-discovered documents relating to Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago was wrapped up in the central city of Danang on February 21.

Visitors inspect documents on Hoang Sa Archipelago in Danang - Photo: Thanh Hai


The event attracted thousands of domestic and foreign visitors, among them about 300 were from China, more than 100 from Japan and 500 from West European countries. They expressed their support for truth and justice that they learned through the documents at the event.

Dang Cong Ngu, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Hoang Sa district, confirmed with Tuoi Tre that an estimated 100,000 people went to the exhibition held at Da Nang Museum. Dang Cong Ngu said visitors’ opinions written in the museum’s comment book revealed that they supported the organisation of the exhibition for the first time.

Many condemned China’s illegal occupation of the Hoang Sa Archipelago.

The exhibition, the largest of its kind to date, included 125 collections of maps, three atlases and 102 books published in Western countries during the 18th and 19th centuries. The documents, originally in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Dutch, and translated into Vietnamese, affirm Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes.

Scientific studies such as “Vietnam’s Hoang Sa archipelago through archived documents of the Government of the Republic of Vietnam (1954-1975)” and “Documentary fonts on Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa island district – Danang city” were also available to visitors.

Visitors could also see the maps “Hoang trieu truc tinh dia du toan do” (a Chinese administrative map of provincial boundaries published under the Qing dynasty), “An Nam dai quoc hoa do” (the Map of the Great Country of An Nam) and “Dai Nam thong nhat toan do” (The Complete Map of Unified Dai Nam), as well as maps of Indochinese weather stations.

The exhibition showcased three atlases and 30 of the 150 maps donated by Tran Thang, an overseas Vietnamese in the US. They were published in the UK, Germany, Australia, Canada, the US and Hong Kong from 1626-1980.

Among these maps, Asia and Southeast Asia commercial and maritime maps depicted Hoang Sa and Truong Sa as lying within Vietnam’s territorial waters.

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