The Misnomer of the South China Sea

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In a challenge to China’s claim to almost the entire so-called South China Sea, Indonesia announced last week that it will designate the waters off its northern coast, around the Natuna and Anambas islands, as the “Natuna Sea.” This is more than just petty nationalism. It’s a helpful marker that the term “South China Sea” is a recent invention with no basis in history.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-misnomer-of-the-south-china-sea-1471883439

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