to Change the name
China Sea" to "Southeast Asia Sea"
Started by: NGUYEN THAI HOC FOUNDATION
on May 10th, 2010
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Notably, ancient Chinese historical documents called
the sea 交阯洋 (Giao Chỉ Dương,) which means the Sea of Jiaozhi or
Jiaozhi Sea and that, Jiaozhi is an ancient name of Vietnam. Other
lesser known names include Champa Sea or Sea of Cham, after the
maritime kingdom that flourished between the seventh and sixteenth
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,
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, these
1. The United Nations has officially recognized the
region and named it “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. Freedom of navigation on 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.
Petitioning 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:
In my opinion, the naming of “South China Sea” has
been used erroneously for a long time to depict the current geographical
state of the body of water surrounded by the countries of South
With the utmost sincerity, I urge you to change the
name to "Southeast Asia Sea" at any possible opportunities,
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.
June 15, 2011: updated the Overview
(Background) to make it clearer. This update is currently reflected
only on English and Vietnamese texts. For other languages the update
depends on availabilty of translators.
Previous: "The sea is not restricted to
a specific country"
Updated: "Freedom of navigation on the sea
is not restricted to a specific country."
June 8, 2011: Adding Google Inc.
to the petitioning
October 6, 2011: Updated the Background
based on the works of Phuc Kim Dinh, Dau Dinh Nguyen, Thao Bach
Previous: "Notably, it was once called the
Champa Sea or Sea of Cham, after the maritime kingdom that flourished
before the sixteenth century."
Updated: "Notably, ancient Chinese historical
documents called the sea 交阯洋 (Giao Chỉ Dương,) which means the Sea
of Jiaozhi or Jiaozhi Sea and that, Jiaozhi is an ancient name of
Vietnam. Other lesser known names include Champa Sea or Sea of Cham,
after the maritime kingdom that flourished between the seventh and