Strait of Malacca

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Malacca, Strait of

(məläk`ə), c.500 mi (800 km) long and from c.30 to 200 mi (50–320 km) wide, between Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula. Linking the Indian Ocean with the South China Sea, it is one of the world's most important sea passages. Chief ports include Belawan in Indonesia and MelakaMelaka
or Malacca
, state (1991 pop. 504,502), 640 sq mi (1,658 sq km), Malaysia, S Malay Peninsula, on the Strait of Malacca. Formerly one of the Straits Settlements, it was constituted a state of Malaya in 1957 (see Malaysia).
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 and Penang in Malaysia; Singapore is at the southern end of the strait. The Strait of Malacca has been controlled by the Arabs, the Dutch, the Portuguese, and the British. In the mid-19th cent. it was a haven for pirates who menaced Dutch and British traders. Piracy remained a problem in the strait into the early 2000s.

Malacca, Strait of


a strait between the Malay Peninsula and the island of Sumatra. It joins the Andaman Sea with the South China Sea. The strait is about 1,000 km long; the minimum width is about 40 km, and the minimum depth in the fairway is 25 m. The port of Singapore (the capital of the state of Singapore) is located near the southern entrance of the Strait of Malacca.

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Geographically, it can be said to encompass the waters and littorals of the Melaka Straits, the southern reaches and islands of the South China Sea and the western waters and littorals of the Java Sea.
This area is situated along the Melaka Straits, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes and characterized by diverse physical, social, economic, and cultural mixtures.
They position Melaka and the regions of the Malay Peninsula, including the Singapore and Melaka Straits, into a vast web of trading relations maintained by Portugal and Spain that spanned from the eastern coast of Africa to the Japanese islands.
The last time the flight was detected close to Pulau Perak, in the Melaka Straits, at 2.
Historian Peter Borschberg's subsequent study of the interplay between violence and diplomacy in the early penetration of Dutch power into the Singapore and Melaka Straits in the seventeenth century suggests that the rival Dutch, Portuguese, and Spanish authorities on the spot treated Asian rulers as "sovereign" in the Westphalian sense on expedient grounds--to outflank the blandishments of rival Europeans and to secure commercial privileges with the locals.
The Orang Suku Laut are maritime semi-nomads living along the southern Melaka Straits on the border between Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
He said policemen would be assigned to 'hot spots' such as the Melaka Straits and South China Sea as they were identified as main entry points for syndicates to traffick victims abroad.
Other Malays; nationalism, cosmopolitanism, and modernity around the Melaka Straits.
For some, Malay is what South Asians and the Chinese called the people of the Archipelago, and Malay is what the colonizers called the inhabitants of the Melaka Straits.
Based on the Portuguese experience, and in view of the interconnectivity of intra-Asian trading networks, Matelieff and the VOC directors first targeted a place somewhere in the Singapore and Melaka Straits region.
The Singapore and Melaka Straits were the first Southeast Asian waters plied by European ships in the early sixteenth century.
Derek Heng reviews naval strategies in the Melaka Straits with regard to the diplomacy, state formation and economic development of pre-modern port polities.