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Map of Paracel Islands



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   Introduction    Paracel Islands Top of Page
Background:

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.

   Geography    Paracel Islands Top of Page
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
land: NA sq km
water: 0 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% (2005)
Irrigated land:

0 sq km
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
   People    Paracel Islands Top of Page
Population:

no indigenous inhabitants
note: there are scattered Chinese garrisons
   Government    Paracel Islands Top of Page
Country name:

conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Paracel Islands
   Economy    Paracel Islands Top of Page
Economy - overview:

China announced plans in 1997 to open the islands for tourism.

   Transportation    Paracel Islands Top of Page
Airports:

1 (2007)
Airports - with paved runways:

total: 1
1,524 to 2,437 m: 1 (2007)
Ports and terminals:

small Chinese port facilities on Woody Island and Duncan Island being expanded
   Military    Paracel Islands Top of Page
Military - note:

occupied by China
   Transnational Issues    Paracel Islands Top of Page
Disputes - international:

occupied by China, also claimed by Taiwan and Vietnam

This page was last updated on 15 November, 2007


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