28 May '16, 1am

#China to turn islands in #SouthChinaSea into resorts

China is planning to transform several islands in the South China Sea into resorts and tourist destinations, in its latest move to bolster its presence in the disputed waters. Senior Hainan official Xiao Jie said the local government wants to develop them into an attraction comparable to the Maldives, building in areas that do not need a military presence. Tourists can participate in sea plane trips, island weddings, and fishing and diving trips, he was quoted as saying in a China Daily report yesterday. "It will be an orderly and gradual procedure," said Mr Xiao, who is the mayor of Sansha city, adding that the islands will be a key post on China's Maritime Silk Road. Sansha was controversially created by China in 2012, to "govern" the South China Sea islands and its surrounding waters, an area which covers some 2 million sq km. Related Story Beijing seeks to strengthen m...

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