South China Sea: China Has Cruise Ships, Resorts Planned — “The South China Sea Is a Major Acquisition for Corporate China; But With Food Security and Energy Reserves”

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By Reuters and Maritime Executive

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Up to eight Chinese ships will offer cruises to the South China Sea over the next five years, a state-run newspaper said on Thursday, as Beijing continues to promote tourism to the disputed waters.Sanya International Cruise Development, a joint venture by COSCO Shipping, China National Travel Service (HK) Group and China Communications Construction, will buy between five and eight ships, the official China Daily reported.
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It will also build four cruise liner docks in Sanya, a Chinese resort city on the southern island province of Hainan, the paper added.
.Liu Junli, chairman of Sanya International Cruise, said the company is already operating the “Dream of the South China Sea” cruise ship and plans to add another two cruise ships by next summer, the report said.Chinese Cruise Ship Coconut PrincessThe ships will travel to the Crescent group of islands, part of the Paracels, and is also “considering a cruise around the South China Sea at the appropriate time,” it added.Hotels, villas and shops will all be built on the Crescent group, the paper said.

Pictured: One of the famous Maldives resorts. China says it has a vision of “Maldives-like resorts in the South China Sea.” By ignoring international law, China’s plans to occupy the South China Sea and deny the rightful owners including the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia and perhaps other ASEAN members….

It is not clear if foreigners will be allowed on these cruises or if they will be allowed to visit China’s holdings in the South China Sea.

China claims 90 percent of the potentially energy-rich South China Sea. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan lay claim to parts of the sea, through which passes about $5 trillion of trade a year

Countries competing to cement their rival claims have encouraged a growing civilian presence on disputed islands in the South China Sea. The first cruises from China to the Paracel Islands were launched by Hainan Strait Shipping Co in 2013.

Beijing has also said it wants to build Maldives-style resorts around the South China Sea.

China has refused to recognize a ruling by an arbitration court in The Hague that invalidated its vast territorial claims in the South China Sea and did not take part in the proceedings brought by the Philippines.

Related:

Chinese airline stewardess celebrate test flight at Nansha Islands airfield in the South China Sea

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 A group of friends joined Sian for champagne on a yacht trip 

The rich kids of Beijing: Super-wealthy daughters of Chinese billionaires flaunt trips on private jets, £5,000 champagne bills and £16,000 rings online (despite the government telling them not to). They are ready to head to the South China Sea.

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Chinese military woman in greenhouse at Fiery Cross island. China is having no trouble finding volunteers to move to the Chinese occupied South China Sea islands — even if the islands are technically “owned” by Vietnam, the Philippines and others….
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Chinese women in military service beckon tourists to the South China Sea islands
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Images of flight attendants posing for pictures at one of the recently built airstrips that China has developed on disputed islands in the South China Sea have recently gone viral, with netizens sarcastically praising the country’s growing strength in the region.

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 (Contains links to previous articles)

 

 (Has links to many related conservation and environmental articles)

 (Includes links to articles posted since the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration)

 (This article has a list of all the background articles on the issues in the South China Sea)

President Xi Jinping of China, center, was applauded when he visited the newsroom of People’s Daily in Beijing. Credit Lan Hongguang/Xinhua, via Associated Press

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One Response to “South China Sea: China Has Cruise Ships, Resorts Planned — “The South China Sea Is a Major Acquisition for Corporate China; But With Food Security and Energy Reserves””

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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