China invades West Philippine Sea via Google Map

As if its reclamation activities in the West Philippine Sea are not enough, China has invaded the Philippines even further by labeling the disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea via Google Map. In its latest version of the Google website, China has given the following names to the islands and reefs in the maritime area:

West Philippine Sea

 

1) Gemini Clusters

南子岛(奈罗下峙奈罗峙仔)—(中华人民共和国固有领土,隶属于海南省三沙市)Southwest Cay (Nairobi Nairobi Zhi Zhiat Aberdeen)—(People’s Republic of China’s inherent territory, under the HainanSansha) Nanzi Island (South west cay), the Nansha Islands (the Spratly Islands), Sansha City, Hainan Province, China

Spratly Islands Gemini Cluster

2) Itu Aba Island – Tizard Bank

太平岛(黄山马峙中洲岛)—(中华人民共和国固有领土,隶属于海南省三沙市)Taiping Island (Itu Aba Island), the Nansha Islands (the Spratly Islands), Sansha City, Hainan Province, China

Spratly Islands Tizard Bank

3) Namyit Island – Tizard Bank South

鸿庥岛(南乙南密)—(中华人民共和国固有领土,隶属于海南省三沙市)Hongxiu Island (Namyit Island), the Nansha Islands (the Spratly Islands), Sansha City, Hainan Province, China

Spratly Islands Tizard Bank

4) Loaita Bank

南钥岛—(中华人民共和国固有领土,隶属于海南省三沙市)Nanyao Island (Loaita Island), the Nansha Islands, Sansha City, Hainan Province, China

Spratly Islands Loaita Bank

5) Sin Cowe Island – Union Bank and Reefs

景宏岛(秤钩)—(中华人民共和国固有领土,隶属于海南省三沙市)Jinghong Island (Sin Cowe Island), the Nansha Islands (the Spratly Islands), Sansha City, Hainan Province, China

Spratly Islands Union Bank

6) Ross Reef – Union Bank and Reefs

染青沙洲(染青峙)—(中华人民共和国固有领土,隶属于海南省三沙市)Grierson Reef, the Nansha Islands (the Spratly Islands), Sansha City, Hainan Province, China

Spratly Islands Union Bank

Evidently, the Spratly Islands has become a part of their newly established Sansha City under Hainan Province. The said province is more than 1,000 kilometers away from mainland China. Those islands, banks and reefs are still part of the continental shelf of the West Philippine Sea.

7) Spratly Island

马欢岛(罗孔)—(中华人民共和国固有领土,隶属于海南省三沙市)Mahuan Island (Nanshan Island), the Nansha Islands (the Spratly Islands), Sansha City, Hainan Province, China

Spratly Islands West Philippine Sea

8) Spratly Island

费信岛(罗孔仔)—(中华人民共和国固有领土,隶属于海南省三沙市)Feixin Island (Flat Island), the Nansha Islands (the Spratly Islands), Sansha City, Hainan Province, China

Spratly Islands West Philippine Sea

9) Mischief Reef

美济礁(双门双沙)—(中华人民共和国固有领土,隶属于海南省三沙市)Mischief Reef, the Nansha Islands (the Spratly Islands), Sansha City, Hainan Province, China

Spratly Islands Mishief Reef

Spratly Islands Mishief Reef

10) Pearson Reef

毕生礁(石盘)—(中华人民共和国固有领土,隶属于海南省三沙市)Pearson Reef, the Nansha Islands (the Spratly Islands), Sansha City, Hainan Province, China

Spratly Islands Pearson Reef

11) Alicia Anne Reef

仁爱礁 Charity Reef

Spratly Islands Alicia Anne Reef

12) Ayungin Shoal

仁愛礁-中國南沙 Second Thomas Shoal

Spratly Islands Ayungin Shoal

13) Sabina Shoal

Spratly Islands  Sabina Shoal

 

Furthermore, when the word “Nanshan Island” is typed in the Google Map search box, it will point to the main Spratly Island.

Spratly Islands West Philippine Sea

And when searching for “Zhongsha Island,” the pointer leads to Panatag or Scarborough Shoal which is part of the 200-nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the West Philippine Sea.

Panatag Shoal or Scarborough Shoal

This prompted netizens to call on Google Maps to remove those references made by China on the disputed territories particularly on the Scarborough Shoal. The petition was created at Change.org website.

China has reportedly destroyed the banks and reefs in the West Philippine Sea by building an artificial island on top of them in the expectation that there are rich mineral deposits in the disputed waters. As a result, the Philippines has brought an arbitration case against China in a Tribunal under the UNCLOS in The Hague, Netherlands. The oral arguments are set to finish Monday, July 13.

 

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