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China will begin operating regular cruise ship visits to the disputed Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea before 2020, state media reported Wednesday — a move likely to exacerbate already frayed ties with other claimants to the waters.

In a report citing a document released by the government in China’s southernmost Hainan province, the China Daily newspaper quoted a plan by the provincial government to accelerate the building of tourism infrastructure on the islets.

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