China names military heads of South China Sea city-A A +A
Friday, July 27, 2012
BEIJING -- Chinese state media said Beijing has reinforced its message of control over the South China Sea by naming two senior military officials to head a garrison in a new city established on a remote island just days ago.
The China Daily newspaper on Friday quoted Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun as saying the garrison will be responsible for defense for Sansha city.
The naming of Senior Colonel Cai Xihong as commander and Senior Colonel Liao Chaoyi as its political commissar comes after Sansha was declared a city Monday with a flag-raising ceremony shown live on state television. It was unclear if combat forces would be stationed there.
China claims control over most of the South China Sea, portions of which are also claimed by Vietnam, the Philippines and other neighbors. (AP)