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In the aftermath of Malaysia’s “Operation Sovereign,” I’ve got another update over at USNI News about the stand-off in Sabah between Malaysia’s armed forces and the followers of the self-styled Sultan of Sulu, including new naval developments. More news has come out since, with Reuters reporting Malaysian officials have found 13 bodies and detained several more [...]Read More
I’ve got an update on the Situation in Borneo up over at USNI News. The stand-off has claimed its first lives, with approx. 14 dead, and latest reports say the remaining members of the so-called Royal Army of the Sultanate of Sulu have either surrendered or taken to the sea. Check out the full story here. A [...]Read More
It is, says foreign policy analyst Joseph Hammond, “one of the most bizarre relationships in international relations.” Mix in rival secular and religious insurgent groups, titular heads of state, and a tenuous peace process and you have the background for a dramatic stand-off on the island of Borneo. CNN Reports: Malaysian police and [...]Read More
International Maritime Satire Week Warning: The following is a piece of fiction intended to elicit insight through the use of satire and written by those who do not make a living being funny – so it’s not serious and very well might not be funny – but apparently producer Todd Stanley thought so (see comments [...]Read More
In the past week, while American attention has largely been diverted, China appears to have taken a number of steps to change the reality of the situation in the Senkakus/Diaoyus (hereafter referred to as Senkakus for brevity’s sake) in a coordinated diplomatic, media, legal, and physical push.
By Joelle Westlund In some ways overshadowed by events elsewhere in its maritime claims, China added fuel the regional fire that has characterized its relations with neighbouring states for the last several decades on July 10th. This time it did so by launching a naval exercise in the waters near the Zhoushan islands in the [...]
It’s been a busy week for the South China Sea. For those of you keeping score at home, these are some of the news stories we’ve been following: 1. Post-ASEAN fall-out: After ASEAN failed last week to release a joint communiqué for the first time in 45 years, Cambodia is looking to some [...]