Airline passengers who land at Changi airport in a window seat will observe the crowded seas off the city state's coast. Here one sees countless ships at anchor. Farther west Singapore's container port is among the busiest in the world. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) estimates that a third of global shipping traverses the South China Sea and the Straits of Malacca. China's implacable claims in the South China Sea, simmering territorial disputes, and the likelihood of vast oil reserves under the Spratly Islands will yet again see fixed-wing maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities as key themes as this year's Singapore Airshow.
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