China today established Sansha City on Yongxing Island in the southernmost province of Hainan.
A ceremony to mark the city establishment was held this morning, Xinhua news agency reported.
On June 21, The State Council, or China’s Cabinet, approved the establishment of Sansha, a prefectural-level city to administer the Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha islands and surrounding waters in the South China Sea.
Xiao Jie was elected mayor of the newly established Sansha city yesterday along with the director of the standing committee of the city’s People’s Congress.
Xiao, 51, Hainan’s agriculture chief, was elected in the first session of the first Sansha Municipal People’s Congress held on Yongxing Island.
Fu Zhuang, 56, deputy director of Hainan Provincial Civil Air Defence Office, was elected director of the standing committee of the city legislature. Source: Shanghai Daily
NEXT STEP -- CREATE NETWORK OF FRESH WATER STATIONS THROUGHOUT THE SOUTH CHINA SEA
China should next install a natural, self-powered, mangrove bubble skyscraper desalination station or stations on Yongxing island to provide it with a continuous source of fresh water, independent of the fresh water shipped in from the mainland every 2 weeks. Simple things like this make a big strategic difference especially in critical situations. In fact, China should put up such mangrove bubble skyscraper desalination towers in more islands so that they become at least temporarily habitable for short periods of time, without need for fresh water supply to be shipped in. In Weiqi terminology, desalination stations turn dead stones into living stones. If they permit temporary stationing of personnel, they allow other islands to be connected to the whole Sansha administrative network, turning these connected islands into a living network of people circulating through the islands day after day. These islands can be termed "mangrove oases" in a sea of salt water.