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Book review: Connecting oceans: Volume 1 – Malaysia as a maritime nation

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In his keynote address to the Asia-Europe Conference 2019, organised by the Asia-Europe Institute of the University of Malaya, Malaysia’s Deputy Minister of Defence, Liew Ching Tong said that “We are a maritime nation with continental roots linking Pacific Ocean and South China Sea on one side to Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean on the other side, while also connected to the Eurasian continent by land.” By defining Malaysia as a “maritime nation with continental roots,” Liew underscored the importance of the oceans to Malaysia, geographically, historically, economically and geopolitically. The maritime heritage of the country needs to be harnessed and embraced. In this sense, this book, Connecting Oceans: Volume 1 – Malaysia as a Maritime Nation, is a timely and important contribution from the academic point of view.

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