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 Paracel Islands  
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People
Government
Economy
Transportation
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Transnational Issues
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Paracel Islands

Geography

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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

Geographic coordinates: 16 30 N, 112 00 E

Map references: Southeast Asia

Area:
total: NA sq km
land: NA sq km
water: 0 sq km

Area—comparative: NA

Land boundaries: 0 km

Coastline: 518 km

Maritime claims: NA

Climate: tropical

Terrain: NA

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: South China Sea 0 m
highest point: unnamed location on Rocky Island 14 m

Natural resources: none

Land use:
arable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
permanent pastures: 0%
forests and woodland: 0%
other: 100%

Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1993)

Natural hazards: typhoons

Environment—current issues: NA

Environment—international agreements:
party to: none of the selected agreements
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

People

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Population: no indigenous inhabitants
note: there are scattered Chinese garrisons

Government

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Country name:
conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Paracel Islands

Data code: PF

Economy

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Economy—overview: no economic activity

Transportation

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Ports and harbors: small Chinese port facilities on Woody Island and Duncan Island being expanded

Airports: 1 (1997 est.)

Airports—with paved runways:
total: 1
1,524 to 2,437 m: 1 (1997 est.)

Military

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Military—note: occupied by China

Transnational Issues

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Disputes—international: occupied by China, but claimed by Taiwan and Vietnam