Paracel Islands

The Paracel Islands, known as the Xisha Islands in China and the Hoang Sa Archipelago in Vietnam, is a group of more than 30 islands in the South China Sea located between the coastlines of Vietnam and China. They are currently controlled by China but also claimed by Taiwan and Vietnam. The islands were the scene of a naval battle between China and then South Vietnam in January 1974, after which China gained control of the entire archipelago.

Envoys from 27 nations - including the United States and China - were in Kuala Lumpur for the final day of regional security talks dominated by long-running disputes over the strategic sea. Photo: EPA

SE Asian nations at loggerheads over South China Sea statement

Southeast Asian nations were at loggerheads yesterday over how hard to press China on its contentious efforts to assert control over the flashpoint South China Sea, as the United States warned it would not tolerate efforts to control sea and air routes.

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