Malacca dilemma

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Long considered a body of water with no strategic or economic value, the South China Sea had been for millennia a “road” that nations used to trade their goods with other nations. Nobody laid claim to owning it. Except for small bands of pirates, no navies threatened the peaceful coexistence among the littoral communities and their giant neighbor, the Middle Kingdom Read More …

Soon to be dire straits? AP Photo / Wong Maye-E

By Lily Kuo  Quartz The world’s most contentious and strategic waterway may soon be in Southeast Asia. Oil from the Middle East and Africa that travels through the Straits of Malacca makes up 75% of oil (paywall) consumed by Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, and 37% of China’s demand. And that pressure isn’t going to ease anytime soon. China’s latest attempt to ease dependence on Read More …