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South China Sea
South China Sea.jpg
A map of the South China Sea
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 南中國海
Simplified Chinese 南中国海
Hanyu Pinyin Nán Zhōnggúo Hǎi
Vietnamese name
Vietnamese Biển Đông
Malay name
Malay Laut China Selatan
Filipino name
Tagalog Timog Dagat Tsina ('Dagat Luzon' for the portion within Philippine waters)
Portuguese name
Portuguese Mar da China Meridional

The South China Sea is a ocean region south of China. It is a part of the Pacific Ocean.


The sea and its islands and reefs are claimed by many nations, including China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. These claims are mirrored in the many names used for the islands and the sea.


The South China Sea runs from Singapore to the Taiwan Strait The sea has an area of around 3,500,000 km². It is located in the western arm of the Pacific Ocean

It is one of the largest seas after the five oceans. There are hundreds of small South China Sea Islands. As a group, these islands are called an archipelago.

Some of the bigger islands have people living on them. They are inhabited. Most of the islands are small and uninhabited.

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