China announced plans in 1997 to open the islands for tourism.
No indigenous inhabitants note: there are scattered chinese garrisons
Southeastern asia, group of small islands and reefs in the south china sea, about one-third of the way from central vietnam to the northern philippines
Total: na sq km land: na sq km water: 0 sq km
Conventional long form: none conventional short form: paracel islands
Occupied by china, also claimed by taiwan and vietnam