Beijing, July 24: China has opened a modern cinema theatre on Yongxing Island in the disputed South China Sea. The state media reported that this is part of China's plan to establish authority over the area. Over 200 residents and soldiers watched the Chinese movie ‘The Eternity of Jiao Yulu’.
"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, which set up the venture with the Jinping government's support.
According to Xinhua news, the theater is said to be equipped with 4K and 3D projection technology. The company has also purchased two mobile projection systems and plans to screen movies for free on other islands within the South China Sea to meet the demands of residents.
One of the world's most valuable trade corridors, the South China Seas is a hotbed of contemporary geopolitical dispute. A U.S. warship sailed by nearby Triton Island earlier this month in an operation meant to challenge China's claims on the region, according to the Defense Department.
China has been expanding its territory aggressively, encouraging population settlements in the disputed areas. It was the second "freedom-of-navigation operation" during the presidency of Donald Trump. Japan, Malaysia and the Philippines all have similar territorial disputes with China over other parts of the region.
China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Doklam area near the Bhutan tri-junction for the past three weeks after a Chinese Army's construction party attempted to build a road. China has accused India of tresspassing into the region, besides hinting at possibility of war over the dispute.