Brits complained to Yankees (1903)

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Source: Baltimore Morning Herald, 10 September 1903

The British, who successfully established their influence in parts of Borneo, The Straits Settlement and Malay States have found themselves at odds with the new kid on the block… the Americans and their newly acquired far-eastern colony of Philippine islands. It was a territorial dispute on a small group of islands in the Sulu Sea just south of Mindanao and on the east coast of Sabah. Now, to be honest, I haven’t study the territorial conflict in detail yet, but based on the map, the most ideal candidate of the disputed islands maybe Tawi-tawi as it is the closest Philippine island group to Sabah.

Pihak British yang berjaya meluaskan pengaruhnya di sebahagian Borneo, Negeri-negeri Selat dan Tanah Melayu  telah mengemukakan ketidakpuasan mereka terhadap kerajaan Amerika Syarikat yang pada masa itu telah memperoleh gugusan kepulauan Filipina sebagai tanah jajahan mereka. Ketidakpuasan itu berdasarkan percanggahan wilayah di satu gugusan kepulaun kecil di Laut Sulu yang terletak di selatan Mindanao dan di timur Sabah. Secara jujur, saya belum mengkaji percanggahan wilayah secara mendalam, tetapi berdasarkan peta, kawasan yang berkemungkinan besar menjadi konflik tersebut adalah kepulauan Tawi-tawi kerana ia terletak paling hampir dengan Sabah.

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