Paracel Islands


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Paracel Islands

(päräsĕl`), Chin. Xisha, group of low coral islands and reefs in the South China Sea, c.175 mi (280 km) SE of Hainan island. They are rich in guano and are underlain by oil deposits. Prior to World War II the islands were part of French Indochina and served as a weather station. During the war they were occupied by Japan but passed to China and French Indochina (later South Vietnam) in the postwar years. The South Vietnamese maintained a weather station and small garrison there until 1974, when they were attacked and driven from the islands by Chinese armed forces; China administers the islands as part of Hainan prov. Chinese ownership of the archipelago is contested by Vietnam and Taiwan.
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The Paracel islands are claimed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan, but Chinese fishermen often travel to the islands in search of bigger hauls.
com/news/china/article/1225292/chinese-tour-ship-sets-sail-disputed-paracel-islands) AFP , the ship will make a stop at the Paracel Islands, which both China and Vietnam lay claim to.
New Delhi has rejected expansive Chinese territorial claims, plans to help train Vietnamese submariners, and is involved in Vietnamese energy exploration near the Paracel Islands.
The ASEAN senior officials have agreed the document will use wording such as ''disputed areas in the South China Sea,'' instead of clearly stating area such as the Spratly Islands or the Paracel Islands.
Other images have suggested that China is working to extend another airstrip to that length in the Paracel Islands further north in the potentially energy-rich South China Sea, a vital shipping route through which $5 trillion of trade passes every year.
And from May to August this year the China National Offshore Oil Corporation anchored a large oil rig about 120 nautical miles east of Vietnam's Ly Son Island and 180 nautical miles from China's Hainan Island, apparently reinforcing China's claim that it owns the nearby Paracel Islands.
In May relations between China and Vietnam sank to their lowest point in decades after Beijing moved a deep-sea oil rig into disputed waters near the Paracel Islands, triggering deadly anti-China riots in Vietnam.
A Chinese oil rig has finished drilling near the disputed Paracel islands in the South China Sea after finding signs of oil and gas, a top Chinese energy firm said on Wednesday, more than two months after its deployment hurt ties with Hanoi.
The riots were prompted by China moving an oil rig to a spot off the Paracel Islands in waters claimed by both countries," the report said.
The incident took place around 17 nautical miles from the rig, which is drilling between the Paracel islands occupied by China and the Vietnamese coast.
China unilaterally decided" to introduce on May 1 an oil rig accompanied by numerous government vessels for the first time near the Paracel Islands, where both China and Vietnam claim sovereignty, Carney noted.
Beijing defended its actions as completely reasonable, legal and justified, arguing that the intended drilling location is close to the Paracel Islands.