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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.
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archipelago

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

1. a group of islands
2. a sea studded with islands
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'Vietnam resolutely opposes these actions and demands China immediately stop the aforementioned activities; respect Vietnam's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes; seriously implement the agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues between the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the People's Republic of China, along with the DOC; not continue actions that complicate the situation; and practically and actively contribute to developing the friendship and comprehensive co-operation between Vietnam and China for the sake of peace, stability, and co-operation in the East Sea and the region,' the spokeswoman said.
Vietnam has consistently stressed it has sufficient legal ground and historical evidence affirming its sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes, as well as legitimate rights over its waters in line with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.