Watching the World: Trouble in paradise

The good news is that Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to start talking in order to settle a dispute over oil rights in the Sulawesi Sea.The bad news is that both countries dispatched warships and planes near the offshore oil field, even as their leaders agreed to 3 days of high-level talks.Trouble brewingTrouble has been brewing in the area for years, but it boiled over last month when Malaysia awarded oil exploration rights in the Ambalat block.It lies east of Borneo near the land border between Indonesia's East Kalimantan province and Malaysia's Sabah state.Malaysia claims that the ND 6 and ND 7 blocks, awarded to Royal Dutch/Shell Group and Petronas, are within the limits of...

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