China to Fly Tourists to South China Sea Islands


Tourists on the Paracel Islands. Photo: Liu Zhen

A Chinese cruise ship operating in the Paracels. Photo: Liu Zhen

In its report “First cruises, now flights … China plans to fly tourists to disputed South China Sea islands” on March 7, SCMP says, “The authorities in southern China want to launch tour flights to the Paracel Islands in a disputed area of the South China Sea.”  “The air tour plans have been listed as a priority by the authorities on the southern Chinese island of Hainan this year and they are trying to gain approval from the relevant ministries and the military, according to a document released by the province’s delegates at the National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing.”

The tourism business in the South China Sea will enhance China’s presence there and make China really benefited from its rights and interests in the area.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report, full text of which can be found at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2076669/first-cruises-now-flights-china-plans-fly-tourists.

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5 Comments on “China to Fly Tourists to South China Sea Islands”

  1. Simon says:

    Following the end of the Second Sino-Japanese War or WW2 Japan surrendered territories held in Mainland China, Taiwan, the Paracels and the Spratley Islands to China. It was China who recieved full soveriegnty of all SCS islands after WW2. The civil war followed by the Communist victory in China allowed American allies to exert illegal terriitorial claims over Chinese SCS territories aided by Washington to counter Communist expansion against a China whose navy was particularly weak in the decades that followed.

    It is justly right under international law upholding historical as well as post war settlement by treaties that SCS and its islands in the Paracels and Spratleys are Chinese territories.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia took advantage when China was weak and squatted on China’s territory.

    China on the other hand couldn’t make their move to remove the squatters since they know the Americans will prevent them from doing so and America would have surely constructed artificial islands and squatted too on China’s territory just like what China is doing now on its territory. If that was the case, China would have a hard time to retake all her territories on SCS.

    Now, since China is now a military power that can’t be just pushed around, it is now asserting its right to these territories. It’s like a person being bullied in school. Would you retaliate against your bully when you are weak or when you know you have matched or surpassed your bully.

    However, China is even offering to share the resources with these squatters and we are firmly opposed to this strategy. For us, beggars can’t be choosers. These squatters have to given an ultimatum to leave and if they don’t, they should be blown to kingdom come.

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    • Simon says:

      Not the Paracel. China don’t need to share resources in the Paracel because it falls within its EEZ.

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  3. Simon says:

    The Paracel always part of China and was never in dispute.

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  4. Steve says:

    This generation of young Chinese will have a time of their life.

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