The China Seas consist of a series of marginal seas in the Western Pacific Ocean, around China. They are the major components signifying the transition from the continent of Asia to the Pacific Ocean. They have been described in terms of their collective vastness and complexity:
The four seas of China, the Bohai Sea, the Huanghai Sea, the East China Sea, and the South China Sea, occupy a total area of about 4.7 million km2, half of the area of China mainland. These seas are located in the southeastern margin of the Eurasian continent and subject to the interactions between the Eurasian, Pacific, and Indian-Australian plates. The seas have complicated geology and rich natural resources.
Seas included in the China Seas are:
- Pinxian Wang, Qianyu Li, Chun-Feng Li, Geology of the China Seas (2014), p. 667.
- Zhou Di, Yuan-Bo Liang, Chʻeng-kʻuei Tseng, Oceanology of China Seas (1994), Volume 2, p. 345.