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Archipelago

(ärkĭpĕl`əgō) [Ital., from Gr.,=chief sea], ancient name of the Aegean SeaAegean Sea,
Gr. Aigaion Pelagos, Turkish Ege Denizi, arm of the Mediterranean Sea, c.400 mi (640 km) long and 200 mi (320 km) wide, off SE Europe between Greece and Turkey; Crete and Rhodes mark its southern limit.
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, later applied to the numerous islands it contains. The word now designates any cluster of islands.

archipelago

[‚är·kə′pel·ə‚gō]
(geography)
A large group of islands.
A sea that has a large group of islands within it.

archipelago

1. a group of islands
2. a sea studded with islands
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But geography is a challenge to China: Japan sits above the first and second island chains, while the Philippines lies between the two chains.
Over the next five years, Japan will increase its Self Defence Force in the East China Sea by about a fifth to almost 10,000 personnel, including missile batteries that will help Japan draw a defensive curtain along the island chain.
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The Soviet Union seized the island chain following Japan's surrender at the end of World War II in 1945, deporting some 17,000 Japanese residents.
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Japan claimed the island chain as official Japanese territory in 1895.
Bellow made the comments during a visit by lawmakers, businessmen and reporters to the island chain on Wednesday.
I don't think there is any correlation between this issue and the problem surrounding the Senkaku islands", referring to the island chain called Diaoyu by China.
Many naval ships are berthed along the island chain.
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The islands are scarcely populated, but the United Nations last year said the pristine environment of the Pacific island chain was in danger due to booming tourism.
This sun-soaked island chain is a thriving offshore financial center and enjoys one of the world's highest per-capita gross domestic products.