China expanding land area of another South China Sea islet


Taipei, March 7 (CNA) China is carrying out a landfill project to increase the size of Qilianyu in the Paracel (Xisha) Islands and then build a bridge linking it to the PRC-occupied Woody (Yongxing) Island, a Hong Kong media reported Monday.

The Qilianyu sub-group of the Paracels is composed of North Island, Middle Island, South Island, North Sand, Middle Sand, South Sand and Zhaoshu Island.

A land-reclamation project is currently proceeding between the North and South Island, according to an online report of Ta Kung Pao.

When the project is completed, an airport will be built on one of the expanded island whose size will be larger than that of Yongxing Island, Ta Kung Pao said.

Yongxing, originally with an land area of 2.13 square km, has been expanded to over 3 square km through a land reclamation project.

Under PRC control, it is administered by the Yongxingdao Neighborhood Committee and is the seat of Sansha, a prefecture-level city of Hainan province.