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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Our maritime problems arose when China claimed ownership of and sovereignty over almost the entire South China Sea (SCS), and seized several isles and rocks therein, like the Paracels in 1974, Fiery Cross Reef in 1987, Johnson South Reef and Subi Reef in 1988, and Mischief Reef in 1995, the last three being within our exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
"It could be argued that some of China's ongoing activities, for instance the installation of monitoring stations on reefs in the Paracels, are still illegally damaging marine habitat without proper environmental impact assessments," it said.
"This may signal the start of a new 'gray zone' offensive by China to drive away Filipino fishing vessels in the West Philippine Sea, in the same way that China is driving away Vietnamese fishing vessels in the Paracels," the SC magistrate stated.
Besides, it might also be intended that the Paracels is a matter only between Vietnam and China, so such unlawful actions may not draw significant attention from regional countries and the international community.
The Paracel (Hoang Sa) and Spratly (Truong Sa) island groups have belonged to Vietnam for hundreds of years, says Mai, until China's invasion and capture of the Paracels in 1974 and its ongoing occupation of the Spratlys.
The Paracels are occupied entirely by China but also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan.
The Higgins guided-missile destroyer and the Antietam, a guided-missile cruiser, carried out manoeuvering operations near Tree, Lincoln, Triton and Woody islands in the Paracels, one of the officials said.
'The facilities account for 72 acres, or 290,000 square meters of new real estate at Fiery Cross, Subi and Mischief Reefs in the Spratlys and North, Tree and Triton Islands in the Paracels,' the ATMI said.
(3) As to the maritime zones of the Paracels and Spratlys, Vietnam has adopted general principles as outlined in UNCLOS, without specifying precise details for the legal regime of each of the maritime features.
Indeed, Chinese operations in the Paracels represent an archetype that could be employed again in the future.
Over the past week or so China has been reported to have deployed advanced missiles, fighters and radar equipment on islands in the South China Sea, especially on Woody Island in the Paracels. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying reiterated that as far as China was concerned, there was no dispute over ownership of the Paracels, and so China could deploy what it wanted on its territory without reproach.