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A marginal sea of the Pacific Ocean from the Karimata and Malacca straits to the Strait of Taiwan

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South China Sea: A marginal sea of the Pacific Ocean from the Karimata and Malacca straits to the Strait of Taiwan
The South China Sea is a marginal sea of the Western Pacific Ocean. It is bounded in the north by the shores of South China, in the west by the Indochinese Peninsula, in the east by the islands of Taiwan and northwestern Philippines, and in the south by Borneo, eastern Sumatra and the Bangka Belitung Islands, encompassing an area of around 3,500,000 km2 (1,400,000 sq mi). It communicates with the East China Sea via the Taiwan Strait, the Phillipine Sea via the Luzon Strait, the Sulu Sea via the straits around Palawan, the Indian Ocean via the Strait of Malacca, and the Java Sea via the Karimata and Bangka Strait. The Gulf of Tonkin and Gulf of Thailand are both part of the South China Sea, and its shallow waters south of the Riau Islands is also known as the Natuna Sea.

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ASEAN summit: South China Sea, coronavirus pandemic cast a shadow [Video]

ASEAN summit: South China Sea, coronavirus pandemic cast a shadow

Southeast Asia's top diplomats to discuss coronavirus pandemic and rising tensions in South China Sea in online summit.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:59Published
Australia refused China's unlawful claims in South China Sea at UN: Australian Envoy [Video]

Australia refused China's unlawful claims in South China Sea at UN: Australian Envoy

Australian Envoy to India Barry O'Farrell said that Australia remained deeply concerned by actions in South China Sea that are destabilising and could provoke escalation. "We remain deeply concerned by..

Credit: ANI     Duration: 01:10Published
China seizes U.S. consulate in Chengdu [Video]

China seizes U.S. consulate in Chengdu

Beijing announced the U.S. consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu was closed as of 10 a.m. on Monday, after it ordered the facility be shut in retaliation for China being ousted from its..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:40Published

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