South China Sea facts for kids
|South China Sea|
|A map of the South China Sea|
Quick facts for kidsChinese name
|Hanyu Pinyin||Nán Zhōnggúo Hǎi|
|Malay||Laut China Selatan|
|Tagalog||Timog Dagat Tsina ('Dagat Kanlurang Pilipinas', meaning "West Philippine Sea", for the portion within Philippine waters)|
|Portuguese||Mar da China Meridional|
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 name of the sea as used internationally is "South China Sea." In Vietnam the sea is called "Biển Đông" (which exactly means "East Sea").
In the Philippines the eastern part of the sea, right to the west of Luzon island, was commonly called "Luzon Sea," with the remaining sea still called "South China Sea." To support its claims on the Spratly Islands and the Scarborough Shoal, the Philippines has named the eastern part of the sea the "West Philippine Sea" in 2012. Sometimes, this name is extended as the name of the entire sea itself in the country.
Images for kids
Sunset on the South China Sea off Mũi Né village on the south-east coast of Vietnam
South China Sea Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.