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Sansha starts building infrastructure

By Tan Zongyang in Beijing and Huang Yiming in Haikou (China Daily)

08:09, August 27, 2012

Workers relax briefly at the commencement ceremony of the sewage treatment plant in Yongxing Island on Saturday. (Photo/Xinhua)

Sansha, a new prefecture-level city in the South China Sea, launched its first infrastructure projects on Saturday.

Sewage disposal and waste collection facilities will be built to ensure the sustainable development of the city, which is made up of coral islands and reefs.

The city was established late last month to administer more than 200 islets, sandbanks and reefs in Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha islands and the 2 million square kilometers of surrounding waters, where the number of sea disputes with other countries has recently surged. It is under the jurisdiction of Hainan, China's southernmost province.

At around 10 am on Saturday, Xiao Jie, the first mayor of Sansha, ordered bulldozers to start construction of the public utility facilities on Yongxing Island, the government seat of Sansha, Xinhua News Agency reported.

Yongxing Island, a part of the Xisha Islands and the largest island in the area, has about 1,000 residents and a military garrison that was established last month.

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