Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak rejected a ceasefire offered by a Philippine sultan after his followers clashed with Malaysian troops over a land claim in the eastern state of Sabah. Photo: EPA
Philip Bowring
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Philip Bowring

South China Sea's history of boundary changes must not be forgotten

Philip Bowring says that Southeast Asia's history of fluid boundaries, overlapping territorial claims and varied cultural influences must be understood, not least by China

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak rejected a ceasefire offered by a Philippine sultan after his followers clashed with Malaysian troops over a land claim in the eastern state of Sabah. Photo: EPA
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