Tropical Geography ›› 2022, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (7): 1050-1060.doi: 10.13284/j.cnki.rddl.003513

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Analysis of the Geopolitical Environment of Geographical Names and Countries in the Sea Areas of the Nanhai Zhudao

Tao Wang1,5,6(), Youde Wu1,5,6(), Jun Li2, Shuai Ye3, Hongcha Cui1,4   

  1. 1.School of Tourism and Geographical Sciences, Yunnan Normal University, Kunming 650500, China
    2.Center for Bay of Bengal Area Studies/Center for Myanmar Studies, Yunnan Normal University, Kunming 650500, China
    3.Collaborative Innovation Center for Geopolitical Setting of Southwest China and Borderland Development, Yunnan Normal University, Kunming 650500, China
    4.School of Economics and Management, Yunnan Normal University, Kunming 650500, China
    5.School of Geographical Science, Qinhai Normal University, Xining 810008, China
    6.Department of Economics, Party School of the Yunnan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, Kunming 650111, China
  • Received:2022-01-07 Revised:2022-04-06 Online:2022-07-05 Published:2022-07-23
  • Contact: Youde Wu E-mail:1462977720@;


Since the Anthropocene epoch, the geopolitical environment in the South China Sea has become complex due to the involvement of neighboring and extraterritorial powers, and China's maritime rights and interests are constantly being restricted, squeezed and challenged. Starting from the geographical environment, geographical relationship and geographical structure of the natural and social gene subsystems, this paper divides three types of ancient-hereditary toponymic DNA, modern-variant toponymy DNA and modern-complex toponymy DNA from the logical starting point of placenames. A country-specific geo-environmental analysis framework for geographical names in the Nanhai Zhudao. The results showed that: 1) the names of the Nanhai Zhudao (South China Sea islands) were determined through the interaction of natural genetic and social genetic subsystems. 2) Considering cause-effect correlation, the source flow of the names of the Nanhai Zhudao from "owner-other-owner" led to the changes in genetics, mutation, and compounding in the transcription and expression of toponymic genes. For construction, the neighboring or extraterritorial powers used illegal means to build new geopolitical relationships for multilateral competition for maritime resources and maritime rights in the South China Sea. 3) The origin of the names of the Nanhai Zhudao was determined to be an interactive coupling process of spatial and material dominant genes and conceptual and historical evolutionary recessive genes in terms of gene transcription and expression..

Key words: geostrategic intersection, country-specific geo-environment, place name, Nanhai Zhudao

CLC Number: 

  • K901.4