China continues to work to turn its island claims in the South China Sea into paradises on Earth, full of musically-inclined soldiers, veggie gardens of plenty, and now, movie theaters.
Over the weekend, more than 200 residents and soldiers living on Woody Island (Yongxing Island) took in a movie at China’s southernmost cinema in the newly-founded city of Sansha, according to China’s official Xinhua news agency. The film-goers were treated to the 2014 documentary The Eternity of Jiao Yulu about a tireless cadre who literally worked himself to death in the 1960s.
In the future, Sansha Yinlong Cinema promises to screen at least one film a day to residents, including the latest blockbusters.
Woody Island is the largest in the Paracel (Xisha) island chain and is also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan. However, China has staked its claim to the island by building up a city of some 1,000 residents, complete with farms, hotels, an airstrip, a filling station and a hospital.
To further stake that claim, China has also transported surface-to-air missiles and deployed fighter jets to the island.
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