The Info List - East China Sea

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Coordinates : 30°N 125°E / 30°N 125°E / 30; 125

East China Sea

The East China Sea, showing surrounding regions, islands, cities, and seas






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ROMANIZATION 1. ton平 he上 2. ton平 tson平 koh入 he上


ROMANIZATION 1. dung24 hoi31 2. dung24 dung24 gued2 hoi31


JYUTPING 1. dung1 hoi2 2. dung1 zung1 gwok3 hoi2


HOKKIEN POJ 1. tong-hái 2. tong tiong-kok hái


FUZHOU BUC 1. dĕ̤ng-hāi 2. dĕ̤ng dṳ̆ng-guók hāi



HANJA 東中國海



MCCUNE–REISCHAUER dongjungguk.hae


KANJI 東シナ海 (2004–) 東支那海 (1913–2004) (literally "East Shina Sea")

KANA ひがしシナかい


ROMANIZATION Higashi Shina Kai

The EAST CHINA SEA is a marginal sea east of China. The East China Sea is a part of the Pacific Ocean and covers an area of roughly 1,249,000 square kilometres (482,000 sq mi). To the east lies the Japanese islands of Kyushu and the Ryukyu Islands , to the south lies the South China Sea , and to the west by the Asian continent. The sea connects with the Sea of Japan through the Korea Strait and opens to the north into the Yellow Sea . The countries which border the sea include South Korea , Japan , the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the People\'s Republic of China .


* 1 Geography

* 1.1 Extent * 1.2 Rivers * 1.3 Islands and reefs

* 2 Nomenclature

* 3 History

* 3.1 Whaling * 3.2 EEZ disputes

* 4 East China Sea in astronomy * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 Further reading * 8 External links


The East China Sea is a part of the Pacific Ocean and covers an area of roughly 1,249,000 square kilometres (482,000 sq mi). It is bounded on the east by Kyūshū and the Ryukyu Islands of Japan , on the south by the South China Sea , and on the west by the Asian continent. It connects with the Sea of Japan through the Korea Strait ; it opens in the north to the Yellow Sea .

Countries with borders on the sea (clockwise from north) include: South Korea , Japan , Republic of China (Taiwan) and the People\'s Republic of China .


The International Hydrographic Organization defines the limits of the "Eastern China Sea (Tung Hai)" as follows: _On the South._ The Northern limit of the South China Sea , thence from Santyo the Northeastern point of Formosa to the West point of Yonakuni Island and thence to Haderuma Sima (24°03′ N, 123°47′ E). _On the East._ From Haderuma Sima a line including the Miyako Retto to the East point of Miyako Sima and thence to Okinan Kaku, the Southern extremity of Okinawa Sima through this island to Ada-Ko Sima (Sidmouth Island) on to the East point of Kikai Sima (28°20' N) through Tanegra Sima (30°30' N) to the North point thereof and on to Hi-Saki (31°17' N) in Kyusyu . _On the North._ From Nomo Saki (32°35' N) in Kyusyu to the South point of Hukae Sima ( Goto Retto ) and on through this island to Ose Saki (Cape Goto) and to Hunan Kan, the South point of Saisyu To (Quelpart), through this island to its Western extreme and thence along the parallel of 33°17' North to the mainland. _On the West._ The mainland of China .


The Yangtze River (Chang Jiang) is the largest river flowing into the East China Sea.


East China Sea coast in Cangnan County , Zhejiang

* Senkaku Islands (Japanese) or Diaoyu Islands (Chinese). Disputed. * Tong Island

There is a cluster of submerged reefs in the northern East China Sea. These include:

* Socotra Rock , also called Suyan Rock or Ieodo, subject of an EEZ dispute between the People's Republic of China and South Korea. * Hupijiao Rock (虎皮礁) * Yajiao Rock (鸭礁)


The sea is called the East Sea in Chinese (東海; _Dōng Hǎi_), being one of the Four Seas of Chinese literature . There are three other seas, one for each of the four cardinal directions.

Until World War II , the sea was referred to as 東支那海 (_Higashi Shina Kai_; "East Shina Sea") in Japanese. In 2004, official documents of the Japanese Foreign Ministry and other departments switched to the name 東シナ海 (pronounced the same), which has become the standard usage in Japan.

Common usage in Indonesia refers to the sea as _Laut Cina Timur_ (East China Sea). This name was used officially by the Indonesian government until 2014, when Indonesia switched usage from the word CINA to TIONGKOK instead; since then, the name _Laut Tiongkok Timur_ become standard usage in Indonesia. Despite this, many Indonesian media outlets and publications continue to use the former sea name.



American whaleships cruised for right whales in the sea between 1849 and 1892.


Main article: East China Sea EEZ disputes

There are disputes between the People\'s Republic of China (PRC), Japan , and South Korea over the extent of their respective exclusive economic zones (EEZ).

The dispute between the PRC and Japan concerns the different application of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which both nations have ratified. China and Japan both claim 200 nautical miles EEZ rights, but the East China Sea width is only 360 nautical miles. China proposed the application of UNCLOS, considering the natural prolongation of its continental shelf, advocating that the EEZ extends as far as the Okinawa Trough . Its Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated that "the natural prolongation of the continental shelf of China in the East China Sea extends to the Okinawa Trough and beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea of China is measured," which is applicable to the relevant UNCLOS provisions that support China's right to the natural shelf. In 2012, China presented a submission under the UNCLOS concerning the outer limits of the continental shelf to the UN. However, Japan claims about 40,000 square kilometers part of this territory as its own EEZ because it is within 200 nautical miles (370 km) from its coast, and thus proposed the Median line division of the EEZ. View of East China Sea from Yeliou , Taiwan

In 1995, the People's Republic of China (PRC) discovered an undersea natural gas field in the East China Sea, namely the Chunxiao gas field , which lies within the Chinese EEZ while Japan believes it is connected to other possible reserves beyond the median line. Japan has objected to PRC development of natural gas resources in the East China Sea near the area where the two countries Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) claims overlap. The specific development in dispute is the PRC's drilling in the Chunxiao gas field , which is located in undisputed areas on China's side, three or four miles (6 km) west of the median line proposed by Japan. Japan maintains that although the Chunxiao gas field rigs are on the PRC side of a median line that Tokyo regards as the two sides' sea boundary, they may tap into a field that stretches underground into the disputed area. Japan therefore seeks a share in the natural gas resources. The gas fields in the Xihu Sag area in the East China Sea ( Canxue , Baoyunting , Chunxiao , Duanqiao , Wuyunting , and Tianwaitian ) are estimated to hold proven reserves of 364 BCF of natural gas . Commercial operations began 2006. In June 2008, both sides agreed to jointly develop the Chunxiao gas fields, but they have never been able to agree on how to execute the plan.

Rounds of disputes about island ownership in the East China Sea have triggered both official and civilian protests between China and Japan.

The dispute between PRC and South Korea concerns Socotra Rock , a submerged reef on which South Korea has constructed the Ieodo Ocean Research Station . While neither country claims the rock as territory, the PRC has objected to Korean activities there as a breach of its EEZ rights.


Possibly, East China Sea (_Donghai_ in Chinese ) is represented with the star ETA SERPENTIS in asterism _Left Wall_, Heavenly Market enclosure (see Chinese constellation ).


* Geography of China

* Xihu Trough

* Geography of Japan

* Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu Islands in Chinese)

* Sea of Japan * South China Sea


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