- China on Wednesday opened a website on the South China Sea, complete
with historical maps, articles and research, according to the State
Oceanic Administration (SOA).
Run by the National Marine Data &Information Service, the Chinese
language site has 10 sections that cover basic information, news,
historical archives, development and management, expert opinion, law and
regulations, a timeline of major events, pictures and videos and Q&A.
Zhang cited that a map often used by Vietnam to prove that it owned the
Xisha Islands was actually pieced together by two maps, which have
already been obtained by experts and might be used to refute the
"The website is founded with the aim of positively publicizing our
policies, claims, historical proof, legal basis and international
cooperation while serving as a reliable channel for domestic and
overseas government departments, research groups and individuals to
learn about the South China Sea," said SOA spokesman Shi Qingfeng.