Paracel Islands


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Paracel Islands

(ˌpærəˈsɛl)
n
(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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The HMS Albion, the British Royal Navy amphibious flagship, passed the Paracel Islands in recent days, sources told Reuters.
China's Foreign Ministry, in a statement to Reuters, said the ship entered Chinese territorial waters around the Paracel Islands on Aug.
It was in assertion of this freedom that the USS Higgins and the USS Antietam sailed close to Woody and the other Paracel islands last Sunday.
The US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, earlier said the Higgins guided-missile destroyer and the Antietam, a guided-missile cruiser, came within 12 nautical miles of the Paracel Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbors.
In the Paracel islands, a new helipad, wind turbines and large radar towers had been built.
The deep waters of the South China Basin between the Spratly and also-disputed Paracel Islands are the most direct shipping lane between northeast Asia's industrial hubs of China, Japan and South Korea and Europe and the Middle East.
Meanwhile, the Chinese Navy has been carrying out exercises near the disputed Paracel islands.
The island, a part of the Paracel Islands chain in the South China Sea, is also claimed by Taiwan and Vietnam.
Other nations in the region have competing claims for the Spratly Islands, along with the Paracel Islands and Scarborough Shoal, which are thought to have rich resources in their 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.
There are disputes concerning the Spratly and the Paracel islands, as well as maritime boundaries in the Gulf of Tonkin and elsewhere.