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 Paracel Islands
Airports 1 (2000 est.)
Airports - with paved runways total:

1,524 to 2,437 m:
1 (2000 est.)
Area total:
NA sq km

NA sq km

0 sq km
Area - comparative NA
Background This archipelago is surrounded by productive fishing grounds and potentially large oil reserves. In 1932, French Indochina annexed the islands and set up a weather station on Prattle Island; maintenance was continued by its successor Vietnam. China has occupied the Paracel Islands since 1974, when its troops captured a South Vietnamese garrison occupying the western islands. However, the islands are still claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan.
Climate tropical
Coastline 518 km
Country name conventional long form:

conventional short form:
Paracel Islands
Disputes - international occupied by China, but claimed by Taiwan and Vietnam
Economy - overview China announced plans in 1997 to open the islands for tourism.
Elevation extremes lowest point:
South China Sea 0 m

highest point:
unnamed location on Rocky Island 14 m
Environment - current issues NA
Geographic coordinates 16 30 N, 112 00 E
Irrigated land 0 sq km (1993)
Land boundaries 0 km
Land use arable land:

permanent crops:

permanent pastures:

forests and woodland:

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
Map references Southeast Asia
Maritime claims NA
Military - note occupied by China
Natural hazards typhoons
Natural resources none
Population no indigenous inhabitants

there are scattered Chinese garrisons (July 2001 est.)
Ports and harbors small Chinese port facilities on Woody Island and Duncan Island being expanded
Terrain mostly low and flat
Waterways none
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