Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia, Volume 33, Nov. 1993, pp. 33-41
2nd Marine Geological Investigation Brigade, Ministry of Geology and Mineral Resources, Guangzhou, China
Abstract: Continental China was developed from many continental blocks which existed in Panthalassa and united as a whole in the late Paleozoic.
Since the Mesozoic, the tectonic evolution of the China seas has been closely related to the interactions between Eurasia, Pacific and Indian plates. After three times of collision at the southwestern margin and southeastern margin of the China mainland and a series of tectonic events in the China seas, the tectonic framework of the China seas and adjacent regions has been formed.
The tectonic systems of the region have the characteristics of E-W zonation and N-S blocks. EW orientation of tectonic systems was dominant in the pre-Indosinia period and NE-NNE since the Indosinian movements.