Documents asserting Vietnam’s maritime sovereignty presented to Border Committee

Tuesday, 2015-06-02 11:15:12
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Cultural researcher Ho Tan Phan reading a section from the annals (Photo: danviet.vn)
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NDO – The National Border Committee has recently received ancient documents asserting Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes donated by Hue-based cultural researcher Ho Tan Phan.

The documents report the Nguyen dynasty’s activities to exploit natural resources on the two archipelagoes as well as their surveys and landmark planting there.

The documents are grouped in a copy of annals of the Nguyen dynasty, which was collected and published by Japan’s Kieo University.

The annals were originally compiled by the court’s historiography office between 1821 and 1939. However; only first parts of the chronology, which traced periods from 1820-1889 under the reigns from King Gia Long to King Dong Khanh, were engraved into wooden prints, while the rest were hand-written as six copies due to a lack of funding.

Most of the manuscripts had been lost until 2003 when a full copy was found in the library of the French School of the Far East in Paris.

Fortunately, Japan’s Keio University spent 21 years researching, collecting and photocopying the annals and published it into 20 volumes with more than 8,100 pages.

According to researcher Ho Tan Phan, the publishing of the annals in Japan is significant as it helps consolidate the legal foundation and historical evidence with legal values to confirm and defend Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa.
 

VOV/ Translated by Nhan Dan Online
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