South China Sea

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South China Sea
South China Sea.jpg
A map of the South China Sea
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 南中國海
Simplified Chinese 南中国海
Hanyu Pinyin Nán Zhōnggúo Hǎi
Vietnamese name
Vietnamese Biển Đông
Malay name
Malay Laut China Selatan
Filipino name
Tagalog Timog Dagat Tsina ('Dagat Luzon' for the portion within Philippine waters)
Portuguese name
Portuguese Mar da China Meridional

The South China Sea is a ocean region south of China. It is a part of the Pacific Ocean.

History[change | edit source]

The sea and its islands are claimed by many nations, including China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei.[1] These claims are mirrored in the many of names used for the islands and the sea.

Geography[change | edit source]

The South China Sea runs from Singapore to the Strait of Taiwan. The sea has an area of around 3,500,000 km².

It is one of the largest sea bodies after the five oceans. There are hundreds of small South China Sea Islands. As a group, these islands are called an archipelago.

Some of the islands have people living on them. They are inhabited.

Some islands have no people living on them. They are uninhabited.

Related pages[change | edit source]

References[change | edit source]

  1. "Stirring up the South China Sea (II): Regional Responses," Asia Report N°229, 24 July 2012; retrieved 2013-4-17.

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Coordinates: 12°11′N 113°13′E