Joint China Sea patrols discussed

Ongoing hijacks of small tankers prompts move.

Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia Joint Maritime Patrol in South China Sea

By Aiswarya Lakshmi

Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia are in discussions to extend joint patrols to deal with a resurgence of piracy in the South China Sea piracy hotspots, said Singapore’s Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Lai Chung Han.

Singapore’s Today reports that the extension of these patrols – which have been successful in curbing piracy in the Strait of Malacca – is complicated by competing territorial claims in these waters.

The area and the Phillip Channel, which is 16 km south of Singapore, were places highlighted by Rear-Admiral Lai as new piracy hot spots.

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