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Paracelské ostrovy: útesy, na nichž ztroskotává harmonie

The main objective of the article is to analyze the Sino-Vietnamese conflict over the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea as they still represent an unhealed wound in the relations of both countries. Apart from assessing the rising importance of the archipelago, the article aims to present the history of the conflicting claims as well as predict possible consequences of the dispute.