Trading Patterns, China Seas (Zhōngguó hǎiyù màoyì xíngwéi 中国海域贸易行为)|Zhōngguó hǎiyù màoyì xíngwéi 中国海域贸易行为 (Trading Patterns, China Seas)
Container ship in the South China Sea. For centuries after the arrival of European shipping in East Asia, the main route from India into Pacific waters led through the Strait of Malacca and the South China Sea and then around the northern tip of the Philippines. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.
The China Seas, a term coined by European navigators and cartographers, comprise five bodies of water adjacent to the country’s