Island-Building in the Singapore Strait…

In 2008, the International Court of Justice awarded an insignificant rock east of the Singapore Strait, known to the Singaporeans as Pedra Branca and to the Malaysians as Batu Puteh, to Singapore. Just a kilometer away are Middle Rocks, placed under Malaysian sovereignty. A third outcropping, known as South Ledge, went unadjudicated by the world court, rejecting Singapore’s contention that the island republic owned all three.

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