China to survey territorial islands

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 23:48

Beijing: China will carry out a survey of its territorial islands, the State Oceanic Administration announced Tuesday.

The latest survey, which will be the country`s second island resources integrated survey, aims to cover in five years China`s around 10,000 territorial islands, reported the China daily citing the State Oceanic Administration.
It would collect data on the distribution, quantity and quality of the islands` resources and the development potentials of such resources, as well as the islands` major environmental and ecological conditions.

The islands` geological features and their economic and social development would also be covered in the survey.

The data obtained in the first survey, carried out between 1988 and 1996, laid a foundation for the management of the islands but needed to be updated.

The upcoming survey is also being carried out for China to formulate a strategic blueprint for maritime development and social construction on the islands in the 13th Five Year Plan (2016-2020).

IANS




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