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Topic - South China Sea
. The area's importance largely results from one-third of the world's shipping transiting through its waters, and that it is believed to hold huge oil and gas reserves beneath its seabed. - Source: Wikipedia
This week, Xiao Jie, the mayor of Sansha City on Woody Island in the Parcels — the administrative base of China’s claims over the South China Sea territories —said China plans to begin building environmental monitoring stations on many of the islands it controls in the area, including Scarborough Shoal.