Paracel Islands

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Paracel Islands

(ˌpærəˈsɛl)
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(Placename) a group of uninhabited islets and reefs in the N South China Sea, the subject of territorial claims by China and Vietnam. Compare Spratly Islands
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Therefore, the littoral states of the South China Sea are right to resist Chinese expansionism onto the reefs and atolls of the Paracel and Spratly Islands, that are nowhere near China's territorial waters.
Typhoon Kujira will sweep over the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea before hitting land somewhere between Wanning on Hainan and Zhanjiang in neighbouring Guangdong province, bringing strong wind and heavy rain, Xinhua news agency said.
A Chinese oil rig has finished drilling near the disputed Paracel islands in the South China Sea after finding signs of oil and gas and is being moved away from the area, two months after its deployment damaged relations with Hanoi.
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.
Relations between the Communist neighbours have plummeted since the oil rig was moved near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea in May.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Beijing announced on Wednesday it was in the process of removing an oil rig in disputed waters near the Paracel islands - which Vietnam also claims.
Beijing's competing claims primarily involve the Di-aoyu (or Senkaku in Japan) islands dispute with Tokyo, the Paracel (or Xisha in China, Hoang Sa in Vietnam) archipelagos conflict with Hanoi and the Scarborough shoal clash (or Huangyan island in China) along with the Second Thomas shoal (known as Ren'ai in China) with Manila.
Besides mentioning the substantial record of Vietnamese sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly Islands (including maps made by Europeans from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries), the rebuttal also cites five international treaties binding on China which, because of its signature, has obligations to respect regarding, among other things, the territorial integrity of the Republic of Vietnam.
The controversial oil rig is situated about 32 kilometers (20 miles) away from Paracel Islands and 278 kilometers (173 miles) off Vietnam s coast.
Vietnam's government has called for the removal of the Chinese exploration rig from waters near the contested Paracel Islands, with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung describing China's move as "extremely dangerous," Bloomberg reported.
There have been at least three incidents of collisions between Vietnamese and Chinese vessels close to Paracel islands, which are controlled by China but claimed by Vietnam.
Vietnam has accused China of massing 80 vessels, including navy ships, to back an operation to drill for oil off the disputed Paracel islands.