Tanker Hijackings Add to Tensions

Recent spate of hijackings is creating further tensions in region.

Tanker Hijackings Add to Tensions in South China Sea

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Add another problem to the rising tensions in the South China Sea this year: a mysterious spate of tanker hijackings since late April, as armed bands of men have boarded and commandeered the ships, siphoned their cargos of diesel and gasoline onto barges or other tankers, and fled into the night.

Complicating matters is the fact that two of the hijackings took place near the heart of Malaysia’s offshore oil and gas production, in waters where China is making an increasingly forceful claim to sovereignty.

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Source: nytimes.com

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