Singapore Singapore is a city-state in Southeast Asia. Modern Singapore was founded as a British trading colony in , and since independence, it has become one of the world's most prosperous countries and boasts one of the world's busiest ports. Bangkok Bangkok is the capital and largest city of Thailand and, with a population of over eleven million inhabitants, by far its main city. Manila Luzon Visayas Mindanao. Indonesia Indonesia is a huge archipelago of diverse islands scattered over both sides of the Equator between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.
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With an area of only This island nation comprises of one main island and over 60 smaller ones. Some of these islands like Sentosa, Jurong, Tekong, Senang have been marked on the map above. The middle of the main island contains several rounded hills; west and southwest the land is a series of low ridges, while east and southeast, the land is generally flat. The highest point of Singapore is Bukit Timah at only ft.
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The 16th-century term " East Indies " and the later 19th-century term " Malay Archipelago " are also used to refer to maritime Southeast Asia. The term, however, is nationalistic and has shifting boundaries. Stretching for several thousand kilometres, the area features a very large number of islands and boasts some of the richest marine, flora and fauna biodiversity on Earth.
The disputes involve the islands, reefs, banks, and other features of the South China Sea, including the Spratly Islands , Paracel Islands , Scarborough Shoal , and various boundaries in the Gulf of Tonkin. There are further disputes, such as the waters near the Indonesian Natuna Islands , which many do not regard as part of the South China Sea. China's actions in the South China Sea have been described as part of its " salami slicing " strategy,  and since the United States and other states such as France and the United Kingdom have conducted freedom of navigation operations FONOP in the region. The disputes involve both maritime boundaries and islands.