China building school on Yongxing island in South China Sea

A school for children of military personnel and others living in Yongxing island in SCS.

By: Associated Press | Beijing | Updated: June 15, 2014 3:11:30 pm

 

Administration office building for the Xisha, Nansha, Zhongsha islands on Yongxing Island (Source: AP) Administration office building for the Xisha, Nansha, Zhongsha islands on Yongxing Island (Source: AP)

China is building a school on a remote island in the South China Sea to serve the 40-odd children of military personnel and others living there as part of its campaign to strengthen claims to disputed waters also claimed by Vietnam, Philippines and other nations.

China established a settlement called Sansha, which has a permanent population of 1,443 people, two years ago on tiny Yongxing island to administer hundreds of thousands of square kilometers (miles) of ocean.

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The island is part of the Paracel chain, which is also claimed by Vietnam and about 350 kilometers (220 miles) from China’s southernmost province.

The Sansha government said in a statement that construction of the school started on Saturday and is expected to take 18 months.

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