9 Facts About South China Sea

1. South China Sea is a marginal sea of the Western Pacific Ocean.

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2. South China Sea is the dominant term used in English for the sea, and the name in most European languages is equivalent.

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3. Major rivers that flow into the South China Sea include the Pearl, Min, Jiulong, Red, Mekong, Menam, Rajang, Baram, Kapuas, Batang Hari, Musi, Kampar, Indragiri, Pahang, Agno, Pampanga and Pasig Rivers.

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4. Thus the southern limit of South China Sea is revised from the Bangka Belitung Islands to the Natuna Islands.

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5. South China Sea opened around 45 million years ago when the "Dangerous Ground" rifted away from southern China.

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6. South China Sea contains over 250 small islands, atolls, cays, shoals, reefs, and sandbars, most of which have no indigenous people, many of which are naturally under water at high tide, and some of which are permanently submerged.

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7. In 2014 South China Sea began to drill for oil in waters disputed with Vietnam.

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8. South China Sea responded by demanding the US keep out of the issue.

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9. The Statement said the United Nations Convention on the Law of the South China Sea is "the basis for determining maritime entitlements, sovereign rights, jurisdiction and legitimate interests over maritime zones, and the 1982 UNCLOS sets out the legal framework within which all activities in the oceans and seas must be carried out.

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