The first Chinese tour ship to visit disputed South China Sea islands set sail, state media reported, a move likely to stoke a long-running territorial row between Beijing and its neighbours.
Aerial view of the city of Sansha, on an island in the Paracel chain, on July 27, 2012. The first Chinese tour ship to visit the disputed South China Sea islands set sail on Sunday, state media reported.
Plans to allow tourists to visit the Paracel Islands is the latest stage in China's development of the territory, which has previously angered Vietnam and caused concern in Washington.
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