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The South China Sea or the West Philippine Sea?

Submitted by on February 9, 2012 – 3:00 am 3 Comments |  
As the struggle for the Spratly Islands heats up, basic place names are coming into play. In the Philippines, news outlets and various official agencies now insist on calling the body of water in which the islands are located the “West Philippine Sea” rather than the “South China Sea,” as the latter term might seemingly grant China priority in this contested area. In China, however, the more neutral term “South Sea” (Nánhǎi) is generally used, while Vietnam favors “East Sea” (Biển Đông).

The “South China Sea” thus joins the Sea of Japan—which the Koreans call the East Sea—and the Persian Gulf—which the Arabs call the Arabian Gulf—in the list of political contested maritime place names. Atlas publishers, beware.

 

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  • PHguy

    Why not just call it Southeast Asian Sea? These nationalists are deranged and pathetic

  • Jamey

    West Philippine Sea or Western Philippine Sea may refer to:
    The western portion of the Philippine Sea to the east of the Philippines
    The name used by the Philippines for the parts of the South China Sea within its ”Exclusive Economic Zone”.

    South China Sea really exists but it just over-exagerated its territory in the sense that it already claiming Western Philippine Sea as part of the South China Sea beyond it’s Economic Zone also called as ”10-dash line” if you’re familiar in this term.