China opens cinema the­atre in dis­puted South China Sea is­land

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China has opened a mod­ern cinema the­atre on Yongx­ing Is­land in the dis­puted South China Sea as part of its plan to es­tab­lish author­ity over the area, the state me­dia re­ported on Sunday.

Over 200 res­i­dents and sol­diers watched the Chi­nese movie ‘The Eter­nity of Jiao Yulu’ yes­ter­day at the San­sha Yin­long Cinema, lo­cated in San­sha mu­nic­i­pal­ity, China’s new­est city in the South China Sea (SCS).

“The cinema will show at least one film every day, so res­i­dents and sol­diers on Yongx­ing Is­land can en­joy films si­mul­ta­ne­ously with movie­go­ers across the coun­try,” said Gu Xiao­jing, gen­eral man­ager of Hainan Me­dia Croup.

China has been ex­pand­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the is­lands un­der its con­trol en­cour­ag­ing pop­u­la­tion set­tle­ments in the dis­puted area, where Bei­jing also built ar­ti­fi­cial is­lands some with fa­cil­i­ties for gar­ri­son as well as airstrip re­in­forc­ing its con­trol over the area.

Viet­nam, the Philip­pines, Malaysia, Brunei and Tai­wan have counter claims over the South China Sea.

The the­atre is equipped with ad­vanced pro­jec­tion equip­ment, in­clud­ing the lat­est 4K dig­i­tal pro­jec­tors as well as a 3D per­fo­rated screen for view­ers to in­dulge in the plea­sure of big screen, state-run Xinhua news agency re­ported. Chen Zi­jian, gen­eral man­ager of Hainan Film Com­pany, which op­er­ates the cinema, said they have also pur­chased two mo­bile pro­jec­tion units and plan to screen films for free on more is­lands within the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to meet the de­mands of res­i­dents, it added. The open­ing of the cinema is part of a plan by lo­cal cul­tural au­thor­i­ties to es­tab­lish com­mu­nity ser­vices on is­lands un­der San­sha’s ju­ris­dic­tion. In April last year, San­sha opened its first pub­lic li­brary. It also has a sta­dium and has or­gan­ised var­i­ous cul­tural activities to en­rich the lives of res­i­dents.

San­sha mu­nic­i­pal­ity was set up in 2012.

Also, a to­tal of 12 Chi­nesede­vel­oped un­der­wa­ter glid­ers are car­ry­ing out sci­en­tific ob­ser­va­tions in the SCS from the re­search ves­sel “Kexue” and send­ing back real-time data.

It is the largest group of glid­ers to per­form si­mul­ta­ne­ous ob­ser­va­tions in the re­gion. Kexue left Qing­dao in east China’s Shan­dong Prov­ince last Mon­day for a mar­itime sci­en­tific ex­pe­di­tion and stopped in Xi­a­men, south­east China to re­sup­ply Fri­day after com­plet­ing the first part of the mis­sion.

“The glid­ers have col­lected de­tailed mar­itime in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing tem­per­a­ture, salin­ity, tur­bid­ity, oxy­gen lev­els as well as the in­ten­sity and di­rec­tion of cur­rents,” said Yu Jiancheng, a sci­en­tist with the pro­gramme.the 12 sub­mersible de­vices will col­lect com­pre­hen­sive ocean data over the next month, said Sun Song, another sci­en­tist with the pro­gramme.

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