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.
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