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Other names: Guangxing Jiao 光星礁;
|Satellite image of Dallas Reef by NASA.|
|Location||South China Sea|
|People's Republic of China|
|Republic of China (Taiwan)|
|District||Truong Sa, Khanh Hoa|
Dallas Reef, known as Guangxing Jiao (Chinese: 光星礁) in China, Terumbu Laya in Malaysia, đá Suối Cát in Vietnam and Rajah Matanda in the Philippines, lies 26km north of Swallow Reef. Some 7km long and 2km wide, when Dallas Reef dries out it has a completely enclosed shallow lagoon 15m deep, stretching east to west. It looks larger than neighbouring triangular shaped Ardasier Reef which is just 9km east.
As with all of the Spratly Islands, the ownership of the atoll is disputed, but it is controlled by Malaysia and claimed by the People's Republic of China, Republic of China (Taiwan) and Vietnam. It is notable that the Philippines does not lay any claim over Dallas Reef as it is obviously outside Kalayaan Island Group which was defined by Ferdinand Marcos's Presidential Decree No. 1596 in 1978 and reiterated by Philippine Republic Act No. 9522 in 2009.
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