Fighting Asian piracy

Increase in incidents prompts regional security debate.

The threat of piracy in the South China Sea and the Strait of Malacca increase

By Martin Sieff

Piracy in the South China Sea has increased – 23 ships hijacked in 2014 – led to the holding of the Regional Cooperation Agreement for crushing Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia in [ ReCAAP ] for international calls for increased patrols.

“The problem is worrying: China is the main engine driving economic growth across Asia and Southeast Asia. … ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] is the region’s fastest growing and most dynamic in the world, “said Ralph Winnie, vice president of the Eurasian Business Coalition, told the Asia Pacific Defense Forum [APDF]. “Any significant disruption of maritime trade in the waters, especially in the South China Sea and the Strait of Malacca , could be a very serious impact on trade and investment prospects, unless it is immediately and explicitly addressed.

“Only by expanding raising such international cooperation conducted in conquering the Somali pirates, then can end the threat and restore the security of the main trade route,” said Winnie.

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