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   Introduction    Paracel Islands
Background:
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The Paracel Islands are 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 Taiwan and Vietnam.

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   Geography    Paracel Islands
Location:
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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:
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16 30 N, 112 00 E
Map references:
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Southeast Asia
Area:
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total: NA sq km
land: NA sq km
water: 0 sq km
Area - comparative:
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NA
Land boundaries:
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0 km
Coastline:
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518 km
Maritime claims:
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NA
Climate:
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tropical
Terrain:
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mostly low and flat
Elevation extremes:
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lowest point: South China Sea 0 m
highest point: unnamed location on Rocky Island 14 m
Natural resources:
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none
Land use:
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arable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 100% (2001)
Irrigated land:
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0 sq km (1998 est.)
Natural hazards:
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typhoons
Environment - current issues:
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NA
Geography - note:
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composed of 130 small coral islands and reefs divided into the northeast Amphitrite Group and the western Crescent Group

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   People    Paracel Islands
Population:
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no indigenous inhabitants
note: there are scattered Chinese garrisons (July 2004 est.)

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

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   Economy    Paracel Islands
Economy - overview:
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China announced plans in 1997 to open the islands for tourism.

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   Transportation    Paracel Islands
Ports and harbors:
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small Chinese port facilities on Woody Island and Duncan Island being expanded
Airports:
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1 (2003 est.)
Airports - with paved runways:
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total: 1
1,524 to 2,437 m: 1 (2003 est.)

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   Military    Paracel Islands
Military - note:
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occupied by China

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   Transnational Issues    Paracel Islands
Disputes - international:
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occupied by China, but claimed by Taiwan and Vietnam

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