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Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 20:50

China to improve public services in South China Sea

By Xinhua

BEIJING - China is drafting plans to protect the maritime resources on and around Nansha Islands and improve public services in the South China Sea, the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said on Tuesday.

The plans include a maritime research center, a herbaria and database on sea creatures, environmental monitoring stations, and an emergency response center for oil spills, the SOA said.

Overfishing and pollution have caused deterioration of precious marine resources, greatly threatening the area's ecology, according to the SOA.

The sea around the Nansha Islands has witnessed frequent accidents due to typhoons and unconventional security risks, but poor infrastructure has resulted in insufficient capacity in public services, the SOA said.

The SOA will establish a maritime monitoring center on the Nansha Islands and adjacent waters as part of a maritime monitoring and warning network to provide precise and timely ocean environmental data to surrounding countries and vessels passing through the South China Sea.

Telecommunication and navigation facilities will be built to serve fishing boat and ocean liners.

A transit and supply base will be set up to serve passing ships.

There will also be a support base to carry out rescue operations in case of major disasters, the SOA said.

China will also set up platforms to promote cooperation with countries surrounding the South China Sea on deep-sea research, development of wind power, tidal power and other forms of renewable maritime energy, the SOA said.

As a responsible country, China is obliged to build public service facilities on the Nansha Islands so as to provide high quality public services and pursue international cooperation in oceanological study and maritime environment protection, the SOA said.

The Nansha Islands are situated in the southern part of the South China Sea, which is an important international maritime transport route as well as a major fishing ground.

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