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Ask Google to remove label "China" and "Nine-Dotted Line" on maps
Sovereignty disputes over the Paracel Islands and the Spratly Islands in the Southeast Asia Sea (the South China Sea) have remained unresolved for nearly a century. Over the years, the United Nations has received many complaints against China from Southeast Asian countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. In March of 2010, responding to a petition of more than 10,000 people worldwide, the National Geographic Society, one of the world's most respected and renowned map makers, removed the label "China" at the Paracel Islands from its maps in order to reflect both the international community's position and the organization's publicized policy of neutrality. In May 2010, a campaign was launched to call on the international community to change the name "South China Sea" to "Southeast Asia Sea". The petition is still ongoing and has gained support from more than 50,000 people in more than 100 countries. In June 2011, the Philippines renamed South China Sea as the West Philippine Sea to strengthen the country's claim on the contested areas. In the summer of 2011, global Vietnamese and Filipinos staged waves of protests against China's aggression and expansionism in the Southeast Asia Sea (South China Sea). In recent years, a series of summits and conferences have been held in Bali, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, New York, Singapore, Washington DC, and recently in Phnom Penh, in order to confront China's baseless and belligerent claims, including its “nine-dotted line,” the demarcation that claims almost the entire Southeast Asia Sea (South China Sea). Based on its absurd claims, the Chinese Communist Party and its government have ordered their naval forces to constantly terrorize vessels of Southeast Asian countries and the international community navigating these waters as well as to rob, capture, and murder Vietnamese fishermen. It is a fact that those islands located in the Southeast Asia Sea (South China Sea) have never been recognized by the Southeast Asian countries and international community as part of Chinese territories. It is a fact that to this date the United Nations has classified the Paracel Islands as “disputed islands” and has never confirmed them to belong to China. It is a fact that the United Nations, the international community, and the Southeast Asian countries and their 600 million people have never recognized the nine-dotted line maps. These maps merely reflect a hegemony and expansionist policy of the Chinese Communist Party and its government in the region. Here are the concerns: 1) When submitting the queries "Paracel Islands" and "Spratly Islands" to the Google Maps, it displays "Paracel Islands, China" and "Spratly Islands, China" respectively, which clearly indicates that the islands belong to China despite the fact that they are not. 2) When submitting the queries "South China Sea" and "Paracel Islands" in English or Chinese to the Chinese Google Maps, it displays the nine-dotted line that covers almost the entire Southeast Asia Sea (South China Sea), whereas the U.S. Google Maps does not when the same queries are requested. Because of these concerns, we believe Google Maps is unintentionally misleading the public about these disputed islands and the sea.
Change the name "South China Sea" to "Southeast Asia Sea"
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. ooOoo - Petition texts in different languages (Kiến nghị được dịch ra một số ngôn ngữ): English French Filipino German Hindi Indonesian Japanese Japanese (.pdf) Korean Netherlands Polish Portuguese Russian Thailand (.pdf) Turkish Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt) Spanish - Addressee List (danh sách các nơi nhận kiến nghị): CLICK HERE - Báo cáo việc đệ trình hơn một vạn chữ ký đầu tiên: BẤM VÀO ĐÂY - Submission of the first 10,000+ signatures: CLICK HERE - How to sign the Petition if you live outside the US: CLICK HERE - Hướng dẫn ký tên dành cho quý vị ở các quốc gia ngoài Hoa Kỳ: HƯỚNG DẪN We need your help to translate the petition texts (the background and the letter) into other languages: Cambodian, Laotian, Burmese, Brunei, Malaysian, Español, Italian, Chinese, and others. - please email us at NTHFoundation@yahoo.com - Thank you.