Sin Cowe Island, also known as Sinh Ton Island,[1] (Vietnamese: Đảo Sinh Tồn; Chinese: 景宏岛; pinyin: Jinghong Dao; Tagalog: Rurok) is an island in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. With an area of 8 hectares (20 acres), it is the seventh largest Spratly island and the third largest of those occupied by Vietnam. It has a fringing reef which is above water at low tide.[2]

This island has been controlled by Vietnam since 1974, first by the South Vietnam's ARVN Navy, followed by the Navy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam after 1975. The island is also claimed by China, the Philippines and Taiwan.

It is part of the Union Banks.[3]

Topography and Structures

Sin Cowe island is inhabited by Vietnamese soldiers. The structures on it include a two-storied government building, anti aircraft guns, artillery and a Vietnamese Sovereignty marker.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Valencia, Mark J.; Van Dyke, Jon M.; Ludwig, Noel A. (July 1999). Sharing the Resources of the South China Sea. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. p. 31. ISBN 0824818814. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Cole, Bernard (1 October 2001). The Great Wall at Sea: China's Navy Enters the Twenty-first Century (First ed.). U.S. Naval Institute Press. p. 207. ISBN 1557502390. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Digital Gazetteer of Spratly Islands". www.southchinasea.org. 19 August 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Photos of Sin Cowe island". South sea conversations. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 

Coordinates: 9°53′06″N 114°19′48″E / 9.885°N 114.33°E / 9.885; 114.33