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13. Land Boundaries on Islands off Southeast Asia

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Geography and the colonial policies of various maritime powers combined to give the history of international land boundaries on islands off Southeast Asia two distinct qualities. First there are only five land boundaries throughout this extensive zone and Indonesia is concerned with four of them. Second the procedures that resulted in the present divisions were appropriate to the ocean that Magellan called Pacific. Four of the boundaries were associated with the Netherlands East Indies that was established before the colonisation of Australia and the islands of the southwest Pacific Ocean and involved negotiations with Portugal or Britain. The boundary separating Indonesia and Papua New Guinea lies close to the limit of Dutch annexations in the first half of the 19th century.

Keywords: Borneo; boundaries; Guinea; Indonesia; Southeast Asia; Timor



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