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China Focus: China's Sansha starts forming government

(Xinhua)

08:25, July 18, 2012

Photo taken on July 17, 2012 shows a scene of a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Hainan Provincial People's Congress in Haikou, capital of south China's Hainan Province. China on Tuesday set up an organizing committee for the legislative body of Sansha, officially beginning the formation of the government of the newly established city in the South China Sea. The committee was set up by the Standing Committee of the Hainan Provincial People's Congress on Tuesday morning. The State Council, or China's cabinet, in June approved the establishment of Sansha, a prefectural-level city to administer the Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha islands and the surrounding waters in the South China Sea. (Xinhua/Guo Cheng)

HAIKOU, July 17 (Xinhua) -- China on Tuesday set up an organizing committee for the legislative body of Sansha, officially beginning the formation of the government of the newly established city in the South China Sea.

The committee was set up by the Standing Committee of the Hainan Provincial People's Congress on Tuesday morning in Haikou, capital of China's southernmost island province, according to the Standing Committee.

It will organize the first municipal congress of Sansha, approving the electoral commission for the election of delegates and convening the first plenary meeting of the municipal congress.

The congress will have 60 delegates directly elected, and its Standing Committee will have 15 members, said an official from the Standing Committee.

The State Council, or China's cabinet, in June approved the establishment of Sansha, a prefectural-level city to administer the Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha islands and the surrounding waters in the South China Sea.

The government seat of Sansha will be stationed on Yongxing Island, part of the Xisha Islands.


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