China names garrison commanders at new "Chinese" city in South China Sea

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    Looks like China is really preparing to military enforce its claims in South China sea

    China names garrison commanders at newest city in South China Sea, pressing claims over waters - The Washington Post

     
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    China’s Forward Policy in the South China Sea

    R. S. Kalha

    July 30, 2012

    For reasons that are conceptually weak and militarily untenable, the top Chinese military decision making body—the Central Military Commission—took a surprising decision last Sunday to post about 1,200 PLA soldiers in the so-called Sansha City; a collection of a few huts on an island with an area of about 2.13 square kilometres in the Paracel group of islands located in the South China Sea. The nearest Chinese territory is Hainan Island, but that is about 350 kilometres away. The communication links are tenuous with a ship making a journey twice a month from the Chinese mainland to supply the residents with needed supplies in order to enable them to survive. Apart from the PLA soldiers, there are an estimated 613 residents on this barren patch of two square kilometres. According to Xinhua, the island has now taken the shape of a city; its infrastructure includes a small military airport, a seaport, roads, a clinic, a post office and an observatory. There are other small barren islands as well that will presumably be administered by the Sansha city ‘government’. Not unsurprisingly a small Chinese Communist Party unit was also established within the Municipal Office and this was telecast live by CCTV. As Xinhua reported, the attempt is to ‘safeguard China’s sovereignty’.....

    full article: China’s Forward Policy in the South China Sea | Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses
     
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    A War Footing in the South China Sea? – Wall Street Journal | MaritimeSecurity.Asia

     

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