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China to open disputed Paracel islands for tourism

Beijing's move to send tourists to controversial South China Sea islands is likely to inflame a long-running territorial battle, reports AFP.

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China to open disputed islands to tourism: official (via AFP)

China is to open disputed South China Sea islands up to tourism this month, state media reported Sunday, a move likely to inflame a long-running territorial row with its neighbours. The plans to allow tourists to visit the Paracel Islands before the May Day holiday is the latest stage in Beijing’s…

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