South China Sea is considered a is a marginal sea, part of the Pacific Ocean that encompasses roughly 1.4 million square miles. Spans from Karimata Strait, Strait of Malacca (Malacca Strait) and Strait of Taiwan. Borders China to the north, Taiwan (Formosa) to the northeast, Vietnam (French Indochina) and Cambodia to the west, Philippine Sea to the east, Philippines to the southeast, Malaysia to the west and Borneo to the south. Also known as "West Philippine Sea".
During the Pacific War, the South China Sea was used by both Japanese and Allied warships and vessels. By late 1943, Allied aircraft began patrolling the area until the end of the Pacific War.
American missions against the South China Sea
October 28, 1943 - April 28, 1945
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October 30, 2019