Friday, February 18, 2011

Sea of Japan to Be Renamed Greater China Sea

A long running dispute between South Korea and the rest of the world over the naming of the Sea of Japan, which Korea properly calls the 'East Sea', may be settled after Chinese oceanographers gained a majority on the executive committee of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) - the recognized global authority in naming bodies of water around the world. Under the leadership of the Chinese, the IHO says it intends to rename the Sea of Japan as the 'Greater China Sea'.

The 'Greater China Sea' plan may be controversial however, since China currently has no territory bordering the body of water, setting an unusual precedent. But the new head of the IHO said this will change in the near future "Under the China-North Korea Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance of 1961, China has the right to intervene militarily in the event of an emergency taking place in North Korea, so when the comrade Government collapses the Democratic People's Republic will become a part of the Greater China Economic Prosperity Sphere." Experts agree that while the IHO move may be a little premature, the plan to expand Greater China east to the Seat of Japan will solve the problem.

South Korea now intends to focus its attention on the incorrectly internationally recognized 'Tsushima Strait' between Japan and Korea, named after the Japanese island of Tsushima, which sits in the middle of the channel. In Korea this is correctly titled as the Korea Strait. However, Korea disputes the ownership of Tsushima - home to over 41,000 Japanese people - which is Korean and should be called Daemado. Korea intends to propose that the IHO rename the channel the Daemado Strait, although the IHO's new executive committee are said to favor the name 'Chinese Shipping Route Number 5'.

An earlier compromise proposal, which would have seen the body of water share the names 'East Sea/Sea of Japan', failed after Korean scientists were unable to find a way of tagging individual water molecules to ensure none were stolen from the Korean side by the Japanese.

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