Beijing, July 23 (IANS) China will carry out a survey of its territorial islands, the State Oceanic Administration announced Tuesday.
The latest survey, which will be the country's second island resources integrated survey, aims to cover in five years China's around 10,000 territorial islands, reported the China daily citing the State Oceanic Administration.
It would collect data on the distribution, quantity and quality of the islands' resources and the development potentials of such resources, as well as the islands' major environmental and ecological conditions.
The islands' geological features and their economic and social development would also be covered in the survey.
The data obtained in the first survey, carried out between 1988 and 1996, laid a foundation for the management of the islands but needed to be updated.
The upcoming survey is also being carried out for China to formulate a strategic blueprint for maritime development and social construction on the islands in the 13th Five Year Plan (2016-2020).