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Paracel Islands

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Areatotal: NA sq km
water: 0 sq km
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Populationno indigenous inhabitants
note: there are scattered Chinese garrisons (July 2002 est.)
Language
Religion

This archipelago is surrounded by productive fishing grounds and by potential oil and gas reserves. In 1932, French Indochina annexed the islands and set up a weather station on Pattle Island; maintenance was continued by its successor, Vietnam. China has occupied the Paracel Islands since 1974, when its troops seized a South Vietnamese garrison occupying the western islands. The islands are claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan.

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Paracel Islands

Geography

Location 
Southeastern Asia, group of small islands and reefs in the South China Sea, about one-third of the way from central Vietnam to the northern Philippines
Geographic coordinates 
16 30 N, 112 00 E
Map references 
Southeast Asia
Area 
total: NA sq km
water: 0 sq km
land: NA sq km
Area - comparative 
NA
Land boundaries 
0 km
Coastline 
518 km
Maritime claims 
NA
Climate 
tropical
Terrain 
mostly low and flat
Elevation extremes 
lowest point: South China Sea 0 m
highest point: unnamed location on Rocky Island 14 m
Natural resources 
none
Land use 
arable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 100% (1998 est.)
Irrigated land 
0 sq km (1998 est.)
Natural hazards 
typhoons
Environment - current issues 
NA
Geography - note 
composed of 130 small coral islands and reefs divided into the northeast Amphitrite Group and the western Crescent Group
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People

Population 
no indigenous inhabitants
note: there are scattered Chinese garrisons (July 2002 est.)
Paracel Islands

Government

Country name 
conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Paracel Islands
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Economy

Economy - overview 
China announced plans in 1997 to open the islands for tourism.
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Transportation

Waterways 
none
Ports and harbors 
small Chinese port facilities on Woody Island and Duncan Island being expanded
Airports 
1 (2001)
Airports - with paved runways 
total: 1
1,524 to 2,437 m: 1 (2002)
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Military

Military - note 
occupied by China
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Transnational Issues

Disputes - international 
occupied by China, but claimed by Taiwan and Vietnam

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