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China / Philippines: An aerial view of Chinese development on Woody Island in the disputed...

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China / Philippines: An aerial view of Chinese development on Woody Island in the disputed Paracel Islands, currently controlled by China and claimed by Taiwan and Vietnam, c. 2015
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The sovereignty of the Paracels has been the subject of dispute between the People's Republic of China, Republic of China (Taiwan), and Vietnam since at least the early 20th century. France annexed the islands as part of French Indochina despite protests from China in the 1930s, but they were taken over by Japanese troops during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Japan renounced the claims to the islands after the war and the Republic of China occupied some of the Paracel islands in late 1946. A small Chinese platoon was stationed on Woody Island. After the success of communists in the Chinese Civil War in 1949, the People's Republic of China occupied Woody Island, the main island of the Amphitrite group and the only island that was occupied at the time. Pattle Island, the largest of the Crescent group, on the other hand, was reoccupied by French Indochina and later controlled by South Vietnam following independence in 1956. Tensions over these features continued to rise and climaxed at the Battle of the Paracel Islands between the Republic of Vietnam and the People's Republic of China. After the bloody engagement, the latter seized the entire archipelago and has taken control of the islands since 1974. Vietnam does not recognise this fait accompli and continues to dispute ownership.

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China / Asia / navy / army / Taïwan / Vietnam / Indochina / South East Asia / asia / historical images / fortification / military / historical / woody island / maritime / asian / navy / xi sha / south china sea / east sea / taiwan / paracels / vietnamese / historical pictures / war / chinese / history / fort / nan hai

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