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Sansha 2 years on: China's efforts to protect its maritime rights, marine resources

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06-17-2014 12:36 BJT

This Friday marks the two year anniversary of China’s official establishment of the city of Sansha in Hainan Province. And today we continue with our eight-part series “Looking South”, focusing on China’s southern-most territory in the South China Sea.

The city’s administers: the Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha Islands and their surrounding waters in the South China Sea. It governs more than 280 islands, shoals, and submerged reefs. The city covers a total land area of about 10 square kilometers, and a sea area of around 2 million square kilometers.

As of December 2013, there were more than 1,440 residents of the city, and more than 2,000 migrants. A week before the city’s anniversary, we look into the process of its construction and its unique role in China’s efforts to protect its maritime rights and resources.

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