FEATURE | The Sabah question

Who is right in the territorial dispute between the Philippines and Malaysia over Sabah is a question best not asked. In answer, each side will reaffirm their absolute sovereign claim to Sabah, on the northern part of the island of Borneo, and mutual recriminations will result.

Forty Asian piracy incidents reported in H1 2018

A total of 40 incidents reported were reported to the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre (ISC) from January to June 2018, of which 29 were actual incidents while 11 were attempted cases.

FEATURE: Tri-border maritime cooperation foundering

The tri-border area (TBA) between Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia in the Sulu and Celebes seas has witnessed a spate of increasingly audacious hijackings since March 2016. By the end of June 2017, 23 actual or attempted incidents had occurred, with 59 crew members abducted. Of these mariners, 30 have since been released, nine rescued and two killed. As of this writing, 18 remain in captivity.

FEATURE: Piracy down, but hotspots remain

A total of 121 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in the first nine months of 2017, according to the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest quarterly report on maritime piracy.

FEATURE: Indonesia's maritime strategy: what's been achieved?

In 2016, the Indonesian government released a white paper outlining the parameters for a future "global maritime fulcrum" (GMF) strategy. The document reflects the significance of the littoral environment to the country's national psyche and is indicative of a seafaring tradition that goes back to the second century.

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