East & Southeast Asia :: Paracel Islands

Introduction ::Paracel Islands

    The Paracel Islands are surrounded by productive fishing grounds and by potential oil and gas reserves. In 1932, French Indochina annexed the islands and set up a weather station on Pattle Island; maintenance was continued by its successor, Vietnam. China has occupied all the Paracel Islands since 1974, when its troops seized a South Vietnamese garrison occupying the western islands. China built a military installation on Woody Island with an airfield and artificial harbor. The islands also are claimed by Taiwan and Vietnam.

Geography ::Paracel Islands

People and Society ::Paracel Islands

    no indigenous inhabitants
    note: there are scattered Chinese garrisons

Government ::Paracel Islands

    conventional long form: none
    conventional short form: Paracel Islands

Economy ::Paracel Islands

    The islands have the potential for oil and gas development. Waters around the islands support commercial fishing, but the islands themselves are not populated on a permanent basis.

Transportation ::Paracel Islands

Military ::Paracel Islands

Transnational Issues ::Paracel Islands