Change the name "South China Sea" to "Southeast Asia Sea"
  • Petitioning Presidents and Prime Ministers of 11 Countries of Southeast Asia

This petition will be delivered to:

Presidents and Prime Ministers of 11 Countries of Southeast Asia
Canadian Geographic
National Hydrographic Office (India)
Canadian Royal Geographic
Japan Academic Societies Center
European Geographic Society
Korean Geographical Society
Geographical Society (France)
Russian Geographical Society
Royal Geographical Society (UK)
The United Nations Atlas of the Oceans
President and Officers
National Geographic Society
CEO and President
Google Inc.
CEO and Executive Chairman
German Geographic
Australian Geographic
The United Nations
Chairman and President
Secretary General of ASEAN
Surin Pitsuwan

Change the name "South China Sea" to "Southeast Asia Sea"

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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Notably, ancient Chinese historical documents called the sea 交阯洋 (Giao Chỉ Dương), which means the Sea of Jiaozhi or Jiaozhi Sea and that, Jiaozhi is an ancient name of Vietnam.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 centuries.

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, these are facts:

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 12 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.



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Recent signatures


    1. Vietnam: Vietnamese Police Cracks Down on Pro-National Sovereignty Protests

      Demonstrations in Vietnam against China's use of force and violence in the South China Sea are being met with arrests and crackdowns by the Vietnamese police, pointing to the tensions and sovereignty issues abounding in the South China Sea.

    2. Reached 50,000 signatures
    3. PhilStar: Change 'South China Sea' to 'Southeast Asia Sea'

      MANILA, Philippines - A petition to change the name “South China Sea” to “Southeast Asia Sea” has been launched, with 43,109 signatures posted online so far for its approval.

    4. China dispatches warship to sail to Singapore, escalating tensions further

    5. Reached 40 signatures
    6. CNN: Rivals push to rename the South China Sea

    7. Philippines renames South China Sea as West Philippine Sea

    8. China and Vietnam Escalate Rhetoric Over Sea Control

    9. Press covering the campaign: "Tensions Rise in South China Sea"

    10. This campaign now has supporters in more than 100 countries!

    11. US warns China over provocations at sea

    12. China 'cable cutting' angers Vietnam in Spratlys row

    13. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Abby Ross SOLON, OH
      • about 18 hours ago

      That'll work-but besides from being accurate, "South Asia Sea" is much more catchy. Maybe that's why the old name caught on.

    • trần hùng CầN THơ, VIET NAM
      • 1 day ago


      Presidents and Prime Ministers of 11 Countries of Southeast Asia

      President, Canadian Geographic

      President, National Hydrographic Office (India)

      President, Canadian Royal Geographic

      President, Japan Academic Societies Center

      President, European Geographic Society

      President, Korean Geographical Society

      President, Geographical Society (France)

      President, Russian Geographical Society

      President, Royal Geographical Society (UK)

      President and Officers, The United Nations Atlas of the Oceans

      CEO and President, National Geographic Society

      CEO and Executive Chairman, Google Inc.

      President, German Geographic

      President, Australian Geographic

      Chairman and President, The United Nations

      Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary General of ASEAN

      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 East Asia.

      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.

      Truly yours,

      • 3 days ago

      Như một người trẻ, tôi đã được dạy rằng sự thật sẽ mãi là sự thật, không thể thay đổi. Vì vậy yêu cầu một việc vốn đã là sự thật trở về với nguyên trạng của nó là một việc làm cấp thiết.

    • Jimmy Devasia HO CHI MINH CITY, VIET NAM
      • 3 days ago

      Because bigger countries need to accept that bullying smaller countries to fuel their own greed is not acceptable

    • Gerardo Vergara BATANGAS, PHILIPPINES
      • 4 days ago

      Di dapat masakop ng China ang hindi naman kanila.


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