Beijing: China is planning to name all of the country`s nameless islands, the State Oceanic Administration said Tuesday.
The administration has ordered provincial authorities to complete local island census and compile information with names and locations of islands and islets by the end of April 2013, Xinhua reported.
China has more than 7,300 islands measuring 500 square metres or more.
As of the end of 2011, China had given official names to 1,660 islands and placed marks, such as stone tablets, on these territories.
The naming and marking of another 1,664 islands will be completed by August next year.
An official said the naming was China`s way of claiming sovereignty over the islands.
Since many of the country`s islets are nameless or without an official name, the naming will help authorities better ascertain the number and location of such islets, the official said.