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In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, representatives cast their votes in the first session of the first Sansha Municipal People's Congress held on Yongxing Island, the government seat of Sansha City in south China's Hainan province Monday, July 23, 2012. China has rolled out the red carpet for its newest city, on a small, remote island in the South China Sea that is also claimed by Vietnam. Beijing on Tuesday, July 24, formally established the city of Sansha to bolster its claim on the sea's oil and gas-rich waters. The move is likely to anger China's neighbors and competing claimants in a dispute that has at times led to maritime standoffs. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Hou Jiansen) NO SALES

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