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UPDATED: July 2, 2012 NO. 27 JULY 5, 2012
A Seafaring Strategy

The Chinese Government made a strategic decision with far-reaching significance when it established Sansha City on June 21. The move solidifies China's sovereignty over the South China Sea islands and surrounding waters. It also shows the government's increased resolve to strengthen administrative management over the area, marking a symbolic milestone in China's development of the islands.

Historic records show that China began to exercise administration over the islands as early as A.D. 110. It was the first country to discover and name the islets around Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha Islands and has since continued its administration over the region. Therefore, it is an indisputable fact that China possesses sovereignty over the islands and the nearby waters.

China has always pursued the principle of friendly relationships, peaceful coexistence and deepening ties with countries in the region. Despite some countries' provocative behavior in the South China Sea in recent years, the Chinese Government has adopted a rational attitude, with a commitment to avoiding deteriorating conditions over the disputes and fostering a positive atmosphere of peaceful development among relevant countries. China is not willing to see turmoil in the region. But, this does not mean that China will concede on the issue of sovereignty.

The establishment of Sansha is within China's right, and this will not be dissuaded by others. With the existence of the administrative body, follow-up economic planning, ocean protection, resource development and even a military presence will be put into place. These are the steps the Sansha Municipal Government must play to exert tangible management over the region.

The development of Sansha will be a big issue facing China. A prosperous and harmonious local society is helpful in safeguarding peace in the South China Sea area. Extensive development planning and basic infrastructure construction are necessary for the smooth operation of the local government.

Establishing Sansha City marks a turning point for China's policy in the South China Sea. It shows that China is moving forward confidently in the face of future uncertainties. It should be stressed that, on the precondition of protecting sovereignty, China is committed to maintaining regional peace, cooperation and common development.

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