Commentary: How to catch a pirate in Southeast Asia

Despite underlying sovereignty concerns and resource challenges, regional cooperation has a track record of stemming this threat, says an expert.
Koh Swee Lean Collin

SINGAPORE: Being situated at the confluence of the Indian and Pacific Oceans is both a boon and bane for Southeast Asia. On the one hand, this location brings forth trade and commerce shuttling between these two oceans, thereby generating considerable revenues for regional countries such as Singapore.

On the other hand, the busy sea traffic plying through regional waters presents a challenge of its own where it comes to effective surveillance and enforcement against elements which undermine good order at sea, for example pirates and sea robbers.
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