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Where is the South China Sea?

The South China Sea is a major geographic feature in maritime Southeast Asia, covering an area of over three and a half million square kilometers. It is located to the south of China and Taiwan; west of the Philippines; north of the island of Borneo, which is shared by Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei; and east of the Malay Peninsula and Vietnam. The South China Sea also links the Pacific and Indian Oceans and marginal seas via the Strait of Malacca, Taiwan Strait, Luzon Strait, and other waterways, making it an important maritime area for shipping and international trade.

How big is the South China Sea?

In the 1953 report Limits of Oceans and Seas, the International Hydrographic Organization provides geographic coordinates defining the extent of the South China Sea. Based on this definition, the South China Sea covers over three and a half million square kilometers. That’s bigger than India and over fourteen times the size of the United Kingdom.

What is the SCSTT Knowledgebase?

The Knowledgebase provides straightforward answers to frequently asked questions about the South China Sea maritime territorial disputes. Due to the controversial nature of the disputes, the issue is often awash in information that is either misleading or based on unsubstantiated evidence. Knowledgebase answers are carefully researched and aim to serve as a reliable source of information for policymakers, researchers, journalists, and others in the international community.

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