Accession Number:

AD1147522

Title:

China Maritime Report No. 12: Sansha City in China's South China Sea Strategy: Building a System of Administrative Control

Descriptive Note:

[Technical Report, Research Report]

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2021-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

57

Abstract:

China established Sansha City in 2012 to administer the bulk of its territorial and maritime claims in the South China Sea. Sansha is headquartered on Woody Island. The citys jurisdiction includes the Paracel Islands, Zhongsha Islands, and Spratly Islands and most of the waters within Chinas nine dash line. Sansha is responsible for exercising administrative control, implementing military-civil fusion, and carrying out the day-to-day work of rights defense, stability maintenance, environmental protection, and resource development. Since 2012, each level of the Chinese party-state system has worked to develop Sansha, improving the citys physical infrastructure and transportation, communications, corporate ecosystem, party-state institutions, and rights defense system. In effect, the citys development has produced a system of normalized administrative control. This system ultimately allows China to govern contested areas of the South China Sea as if they were Chinese territory.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

[A, Approved For Public Release]