As China emerged from the narrow days of communism when “the world” meant only land that historically was Chinese and entered the global society, it increasingly has expanded what it deems to belong to the Chinese people. There currently is disputes with Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia as to which country can claim ownership of the South China Seas. According to a Chinese Foreign Office official, “South China Sea is a name that has all along been accepted by countries across the world.” In other words, wherever the word, “China” appears, it is part of China.
In case you own a Chinese restaurant which has the name “China” be appraised that it might be claimed by the Chinese government. Southeast Asian nations want a share of the South China Sea because they believe it contains oil and gas reserves. I wonder if I order Chinese take out that I might encounter some Chinese agents who want me to pay them for the food??