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The South China Sea

Ownership of the South China Sea is disputed by China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines.

One of the bases of China’s claims to the majority of the Sea is shards of 2,000 year old Chinese pottery discovered on the South China Sea Islands.

Approximately 80% of the land area of the Con Dao Islands is national parkland.

50% of the world’s shipping fleet passes through the South China Sea every year.

Con Dao National Park is considered one of best examples of marine conservation in Vietnam, protecting some of the world’s rarest marine life.

The Con Dao Islands off Vietnam is one of the few archipelagos in the South China Sea whose ownership is undisputed.

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