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Legislative conference held in newly established city in South China Sea

(Xinhua)

08:43, July 24, 2012

The first session of the First People's Congress of Sansha City is opened on the Yongxing Island of the Xisha Archipelago, south China's Hainan Province, July 23, 2012. A total of 45 deputies were elected by 1,100 voters from 15 constituencies of the Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha archipelagoes on July 21. The delegations of the Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha archipelagoes have 15 deputies each. They will elect Sansha City's first director of the Standing Committee of the People's Congress and first mayor. (Xinhua/Hou Jiansen)

HAIKOU, July 23 (Xinhua) -- A legislative conference opened Monday morning in the newly established city of Sansha in the South China Sea.

Forty-five deputies to the municipal people's congress attended the first session of the first People's Congress held on Yongxing Island, the government seat of Sansha.

The deputies, divided into groups from the Xisha, Nansha and Zhongsha islands, were elected Saturday by 1,100 residents from the islands.

The director of the congress's standing committee and the city's mayor will be elected during the conference.

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

China's central military authority has approved the formation and deployment of a military garrison in Sansha.

Sources with the People's Liberation Army Guangzhou Military Command said Friday that the Central Military Commission had authorized it to form a garrison command in the city.

Yongxing Island is part of the Xisha Islands.


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