|China is offering increasing numbers of package tours to the manmade islands in the South China Sea in a bid to show its authority on the region. It comes just months after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson threatened to block China's access to the area. China has plans to build holiday resorts.|
According to the South China Morning Post, the tour groups at the moment only contain Chinese citizens and have a definite patriotic tone. Tourists can visit three islands in the South China Sea.
|China already operates flights to the Meiji reef in the area. It also currently runs flights to Woody Island which China claims is the 'administrative centre for the South China Sea' despite the fact that Vietnam and Taiwan also have claims on the territory.|