Chinese jets buzz USA plane in near-collision over East China Sea

Saul Bowman
July 25, 2017

Also in July, Beijing said Washington is damaging peace and stability in the South China Sea and is undermining China-US relations. He made a point of characterizing it as out of the ordinary for China.

The cinema is operated by Hainan Film Company and comes with up-to-date technology, the news agency reported, including both 4K resolution and a 3-D perforated screen. China has previously said it plans to build hotels, villas and shops on the Crescent group, of which Woody Island is a part.

Yongxing Island is the largest island of Paracel Island cluster that has been at the center of dispute in South China Sea, as these islands are claimed by China, as well as neighboring countries like Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei.

China has also heavily militarized some islands and expanded other territories with major land reclamation work, turning sandbars into islands and equipping them with airfields, ports and weapons systems.

China claims nearly the entire South China Sea, a key shipping lane that is believed to be rich in mineral and marine resources. It will conduct 20 hours of collaborative operations with the unmanned submersible "Faxian" in the South China Sea. It also issued a map in 1947 detailing its claims.

China is expanding facilities in the islands under its jurisdiction and encouraging the population to settle in the disputed area.

Sansha municipality which was set up in 2012, opened this cinema under its jurisdiction. It's the latest in a series of measures aimed at establishing a more concrete presence in the South China Sea, which China claims virtually in its entirety.

Earlier this month, China sailed a spy ship through the narrow Tsugaru Strait separating the Japanese islands of Honshu and Hokkaido, while another was spotted last week within Australia's exclusive economic zone where allies Australia and US were conducting major war games.

It says much of the construction binge has been for civilian purposes, though the USA and other regional nations have blasted China for militarizing the waters, through which $5 trillion in trade passes each year.

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