The East China Sea designated as "Eastern Sea"

Historical Western Maps that designate the East China Sea as "Eastern Sea"

Korea has trouble fabricating a "historical precedent" for the name East Sea because there is no historical western maps that designate the Sea of Japan as "East Sea." By contrast, some maps show the East China Sea as "Eastern Sea." Here is the list of those maps I found.

Date Title Image Designation
1730 J.M. Haas: Regni Sinae vel Sinae Propriae raremaps.com TONG HAI OU MARE ORIENTALS
1739 J.M. Hass: Imperii Russici et Tartariae Universae tam majoris et Asiaticae quam minoris et Europaeae Tabula Osaka Univ. TONG HAI Mare Orientals
1775 Jo. Roberts: The empire of China, with its principal divisions USC EASTERN OCEAN
1785 J. Murray: A map of the empire of China USC EASTERN OCEAN
1792 China, from d'Anville USC EASTERN OCEAN or CHINESE SEA
1813 J.C.Russell: Asia antiqueprints.com EASTERN SEA
1815 J. Thomson: Corea and Japan Osaka Univ. EASTERN SEA
1816 W.Milton: Asia antiqueprints.com EASTERN SEA
1822 Asia USC EASTERN SEA
1834 John Dower: China and Japan earlymaps.com EASTERN SEA
1838 Sidney Hall: Asia antiqueprints.com EASTERN SEA
1840 William Lizars: China raremaps.com EASTERN SEA
1843 R.Scott: Asia antiqueprints.com EASTERN SEA
1843 R.Scott: China antiqueprints.com TUNG HAI OR EASTERN SEA
1844 William Johnston; Alexander Keith Johnston: China Osaka Univ. EASTERN SEA
1845 published by George Philip & Son: Asia antiqueprints.com EASTERN SEA
1845 published by George Philip & Son: China antiqueprints.com EASTERN SEA
1851 John Tallis: Illustrated Atlas HKUST (PDF) EASTERN SEA
1858 J. H. Colton & Co: Asia USC EASTERN SEA
1865 Adrien-Hubert Brue: Carte general de l'Empire Chinois et du Japon. Osaka Univ. MER BLEUE OU ORIENTALE (TONG-HAI)
1865 Edward Weller: The Chinese Empire antiqueprints.com TUNG HAI OR EASTERN SEA
1869 A & C Black : China raremaps.com TUNG HAI OR EASTERN SEA
1870 August Petermann: China(Östr. Theil), Korea und Japan Osaka Univ. OSTCHINESISCHES MEER (chin. TUNG HAI)
1888 Encyclopaedia Britannica Multiple Digression EASTERN SEA
1892 Americanized Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol.1: Asia UT Autsin EASTERN SEA
1894 Wm. M. Bradley: China / Japan USC TUNG HAI OR EASTERN SEA
1896 the Scottish Geographical Magazine. Published by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and edited by James Geikie and W.A. Taylor. Volume XII: Formosa UT Austin EASTERN SEA
? T. Clerk Edinr: China USC TUNG HAI OR EASTERN SEA

Map published in China today

Map of China

The East China Sea is shown as Dong Hai (Dong Hai), whose meaning is "East Sea." Of course, the Sea of Japan is shown as "Ri Ben Hai" (Ri Ben = Japan, Hai = Sea).

What will happen to Chinese people if the term East Sea become an international geographic name? They will translate it into Chinese, but there is no choice but Dong Hai (Dong Hai) for "East Sea." Then the two neighboring seas will be called the same name!

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