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About South China Sea

South China Sea is an arm of the western Pacific Ocean in Southeast Asia, south of China, east and south of Vietnam, west of the Philippines and north of the island of Borneo. Bounded by the east coast of the Malay Peninsula and the southern part of the Gulf of Thailand. The sea covers an area of approximately 3,700,000 km² (1,350,000 sq mi). It is connected by the Taiwan Strait with the East China Sea and by the Luzon Strait with the Philippine Sea (both marginal seas of the Pacific Ocean).

The South China Sea is used by major international shipping lanes, it is the second most used sea lane in the world, due to the underdeveloped transport infrastructure of the area, the lack of modern roads and railways, the region depends heavily on ship transport. Hundreds of smaller harbors and three major ports, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan serve as trans-shipment centers.

The shipping lanes in the South China Sea connect East Asia with India, Western Asia, Europe, and Africa via the Taiwan and Luzon Straits in north east and the Sunda and Lombok Straits in south and the Strait of Malacca in south west.

Several more countries are bordering the South China Sea, there are peninsular Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, as well as East Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia on Borneo (Kalimantan).

China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei all have their own interest and claim territory far beyond the 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ), especially China, it claims more or less the right to control the whole South China Sea. It tries to bolster its claims with island-building and military expansion in the area, its all-encompassing “nine-dash” line (the tongue of the dragon), reaches deep into the South China Sea, regardless of neutral international waters or the exclusive economic zones of other countries.

On the other hand, it just might be a desperate measure by China to counteract the growing presence of US military on the doorstep of its nation in East Asia and Maritime Southeast Asia. [1] [2]

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Topographic Map of South China Sea
Topographic Map of South China Sea

Map of South China Sea with surrounding countries
Map of South China Sea with neighboring countries.

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