third island chain

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Alternative forms[edit]


By extension, from second island chain

Proper noun[edit]

third island chain

  1. (politics, India) The Andaman Islands, Nicobar Islands, Sumatra; from Burma in the north to either the Indonesian Archipelago, or Australia in the south.
  2. (politics, US) The Aleutian Islands, Emperor Seamounts, Hawaiian Islands, Line Islands, New Zealand; from Alaska to New Zealand or Tasmania and Australia.

Usage notes[edit]

Geopolitical terminology, regarding the presumed geopolitical control zone aspired to by a rising People's Republic of China.

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