South China Sea Islands

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The South China Sea Islands consist of over 250 islands, atolls, cays, shoals, reefs, and sandbars in the South China Sea, none of which have indigenous people, few of which have any natural water supply, many of which are naturally under water at high tide, while others are permanently submerged.wikipedia
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South China Sea

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The South China Sea Islands consist of over 250 islands, atolls, cays, shoals, reefs, and sandbars in the South China Sea, none of which have indigenous people, few of which have any natural water supply, many of which are naturally under water at high tide, while others are permanently submerged.
The minute South China Sea Islands, collectively an archipelago, number in the hundreds.

Pratas Islands

PratasPratas IslandDongsha Islands
It has an area of about 240 ha, including 64 ha of lagoon, and is the largest of the South China Sea Islands.

Taiwan

Republic of ChinaFormosaRepublic of China (Taiwan)
In addition to the People's Republic of China and Vietnam, the Republic of China (i.e. Taiwan), Malaysia, Brunei, and the Philippines also claim and occupy some islands.
Smaller islands include a number in the Taiwan Strait including the Penghu archipelago, the Kinmen and Matsu Islands near the Chinese coast, and some of the South China Sea Islands.

Southeast Asia

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In the 20th century, since the WW2 settlements failed to resolve ownership of such lesser areas of land, seas and islands—and because of the economic, military, and transportational importance—their control, especially that of the Spratlys, has been in dispute between China and several Southeast Asian countries, such as Vietnam, from the mid-20th century onwards.
Sovereignty issues exist over some territories in the South China Sea.

Paracel Islands

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From the Tang dynasty (618–907) to the Qing dynasty (1644–1912), various names were used for the islands, but in general Changsha and permutations referred to the Paracel Islands, while Shitang referred to the Spratly Islands.
According to the Yuan Shi, the South China Sea islands were within the boundary of the Yuan dynasty.

Hainan

Hainan IslandHainan ProvinceHainan, China
During the Qing, the names Qianli Changsha and Wanli Shitang were in vogue, and Chinese fishermen from Hainan named specific islands from within the groups, although the Qing officially named 15 large islands in 1909.
In 1921, it was planned to become a special administrative region ; in 1944, it became Hainan Special Administrative Region with 16 counties containing the South China Sea Islands.

Scarborough Shoal

Panatag ShoalBajo de Masinlocany Philippine territory
The naming campaign is intended to consolidate China's sovereignty claim over Sansha, a city which includes islands from the Xisha (Paracel), Nansha (Spratly and James Shoal) and Zhongsha (中沙, Zhōngshā; Macclesfield Bank, Scarborough Shoal, and others) groups.

Territorial disputes in the South China Sea

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China added a tenth-dash line to the east of Taiwan island in 2013 as a part of its official sovereignty claim to the disputed territories in the South China Sea.

List of islands in the South China Sea

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Islands in the South China Sea includes the South China Sea Islands (Spratly Islands, Pratas Islands, Paracel Islands and Macclesfield Bank), islands on the China coast, on the Vietnam coast, on the Borneo coast, and the peripheral islands of Taiwan, the Philippines, etc.

List of islands of Taiwan

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Islands that are claimed by the ROC but not administered, such as the Dadeng Islands, Senkaku Islands and most of South China Sea Islands, are excluded from the list.

Sansha

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The naming campaign is intended to consolidate China's sovereignty claim over Sansha, a city which includes islands from the Xisha (Paracel), Nansha (Spratly and James Shoal) and Zhongsha (中沙, Zhōngshā; Macclesfield Bank, Scarborough Shoal, and others) groups.

Taiping Island

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In 1933, the Chinese government lodged an official protest to the French government after its occupation of Taiping Island.

Island

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The South China Sea Islands consist of over 250 islands, atolls, cays, shoals, reefs, and sandbars in the South China Sea, none of which have indigenous people, few of which have any natural water supply, many of which are naturally under water at high tide, while others are permanently submerged.

Atoll

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The South China Sea Islands consist of over 250 islands, atolls, cays, shoals, reefs, and sandbars in the South China Sea, none of which have indigenous people, few of which have any natural water supply, many of which are naturally under water at high tide, while others are permanently submerged.

Cay

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The South China Sea Islands consist of over 250 islands, atolls, cays, shoals, reefs, and sandbars in the South China Sea, none of which have indigenous people, few of which have any natural water supply, many of which are naturally under water at high tide, while others are permanently submerged.

Reef

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The South China Sea Islands consist of over 250 islands, atolls, cays, shoals, reefs, and sandbars in the South China Sea, none of which have indigenous people, few of which have any natural water supply, many of which are naturally under water at high tide, while others are permanently submerged.

Continental shelf

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The islands are located on a shallow continental shelf with an average depth of 200 metres.

Paleozoic

PalaeozoicPaleozoic EraLate Paleozoic
The sea floor contains Paleozoic and Mesozoic granite and metamorphic rocks.

Mesozoic

Mesozoic EraAge of Dinosaursage of the dinosaurs
The sea floor contains Paleozoic and Mesozoic granite and metamorphic rocks.

Granite

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The sea floor contains Paleozoic and Mesozoic granite and metamorphic rocks.

Metamorphic rock

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The sea floor contains Paleozoic and Mesozoic granite and metamorphic rocks.

Abyssal zone

abyssalabyssabyssopelagic
The abysses are caused by the formation of the Himalayas in the Cenozoic.

Himalayas

HimalayaHimalayanHimalayan Mountains
The abysses are caused by the formation of the Himalayas in the Cenozoic.

Cenozoic

Cenozoic EraCainozoicAge of Mammals
The abysses are caused by the formation of the Himalayas in the Cenozoic.

Volcano

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Except one volcanic island, the islands are made of coral reefs of varying ages and formations.