A national air monitoring station recently started construction on Xisha Islands, a move seen as further attempts to consolidate China's sovereignty over the vast waters in the South China Sea.

According to local authorities, the station will remedy the current lack of official environmental data pertaining to the South China Sea and strengthen regional environmental protection.

Unlike the ordinary inland areas of China, Xisha Islands’ geographical position gives it a wide-reaching influence on national defense.

The station will be constructed as a multi-functional monitoring station aiming to enhance services provided for fishing and shipping programs.


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