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Chinese Army Will Explore Maintaining a Military Presence in Sansha City in the South China Sea

On June 28, 2012, the Ministry of Defense held a press conference at which their spokesperson, Geng Yansheng, announced that the State Council approved the establishment of Sansha City, a prefectural level city in Hainan Province, as a location where the Chinese Army may place a local military command. [Editor’s note: Sansha City is located in the South China Sea and is the southernmost city in China’s geographic location. The territory under its jurisdiction includes the islands and sea areas of the Xisha Islands, the Dongsha Islands, and the Nansha Islands.]

Source: People’s Daily, June 28, 2012