Change the name “South China Sea” to “Southeast Asia Sea”
Targeting: CEOs and Presidents of 11 Geographic Organizations, President of United Nations Atlas of the Oceans and Presidents and Prime Ministers of 11 Countries of Southeast Asia
Started by: NGUYEN THAI HOC FOUNDATION
In the sixteenth century, the world had little knowledge about Southeast Asia. Western merchants and sailors of that time called the sea, which is encompassed by the present-day Southeast Asian countries, the “South China Sea” to refer to the enclosed sea basin and its location in relation to the surrounding countries lying to the north of Australia, east of India, and south of China.
Notably, it was once called the Champa Sea or Sea of Cham, after the maritime kingdom that flourished before the sixteenth century.
In this modern era, as human civilization evolved towards a multi-faceted global collaboration, the international community, since the 20th century, has geographically formed a sub-region in Asia to address mankind’s need. This region was officially named Southeast Asia and consists of Burma, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
Southeast Asia represents approximately 600 million people who have, in a joint effort, made unique and original contributions to modern civilization in many aspects, including culture, science, education, economics, politics, etc. In addition to the above, the followings are facts:
1. The United Nations has officially recognized the region and the name “Southeast Asia”.
2. The countries of Southeast Asia encompass almost the entire South China Sea with a total coastline measuring approximately 130,000 kilometers (81,250 miles) long; whereas the Southern China’s coastline measured about 2,800 kilometers (1,750 miles) in length.
3. The sea is not restricted to a specific country. It is a common heritage of mankind and has actually been used by the international community for centuries as the second most important water channel in the world.
Join the campaign to ask the Presidents and Prime Ministers of 11 countries of Southeast Asia, the President of United Nations Atlas of the Oceans, and the CEOs and Presidents of 11 geographic organizations around the world to change the name “South China Sea” to “Southeast Asia Sea”.
Sign the petition and your action will forever be remembered in the modern history of Southeast Asia.
United Nations Atlas of the Oceans
European Geographic Society (EUGEO)
Geographical Society (FRANCE)
German Geographical Society
Indian Naval Hydrographic Department
Japanese Geographical Union
Korean Geographical Society (South Korea)
National Geographic Society (USA)
Royal Geographical Society (UK)
Russian Geographical Society
Petition to the Presidents and Prime Ministers of 11 countries of Southeast Asia, the President of United Nations Atlas of the Oceans, and the CEOs and Presidents of 11 Geographic Organizations
Dear Sirs and Madams:
This is to inform you of the naming of “South China Sea”, which inaccurately and inappropriately describes the current geographical state of the body of water encompassed by the countries of Southeast Asia.
I ask with the utmost sincerity of you to change the name “South China Sea” to “Southeast Asia Sea”, so as to accurately reflect the knowledge that mankind has on geographical environment, the obvious state of geographical dominance in said region, the interests of 600 million people of Southeast Asia, and the point of view of the international community.
Your actions will undoubtedly inspire the people of that region, and even beyond, to show more care and compassion towards our planet and thus profoundly promote the betterment of human civilization and environment.