China is seeking to extend its control over the Spratly Islands where there are multiple competing claims. Photo: AFP China is seeking to extend its control over the Spratly Islands where there are multiple competing claims. Photo: AFP
China is seeking to extend its control over the Spratly Islands where there are multiple competing claims. Photo: AFP

Beijing moves to strengthen grip over disputed South China Sea

  • New administrative units for Paracel and Spratly Islands are seen as helping to tighten control and help allocate resources and manpower
  • There are multiple competing claims in the areas in question and the move risks further tension with the US

Topic |   South China Sea
China is seeking to extend its control over the Spratly Islands where there are multiple competing claims. Photo: AFP China is seeking to extend its control over the Spratly Islands where there are multiple competing claims. Photo: AFP
China is seeking to extend its control over the Spratly Islands where there are multiple competing claims. Photo: AFP
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