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.