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Although the three countries are members of ASEAN, the apparent competition between the three countries should not be overlooked, particularly on various bilateral issues between Indonesia and Malaysia, as well as between the Philippines and Malaysia. Sometimes these questions take place even in what could be considered the simple case of the site of a trilateral maritime patrol. When it comes to the contentious issue of the territory, the seemingly simple question of an opening ceremony becomes complicated, given its possible political implications. This led to the transfer of the launch site of the Subang Trilateral Maritime Patrol in Malaysia to Tarakan, Indonesia, resulting in a further two-month delay from the originally proposed launch in April. 2 One aspect that had been closely monitored for the extension of the ACA was the addition of a land component to complement the maritime and air elements for which cooperation had previously been forged. Until 2018, at trilateral meetings, officials had indicated that there were plans to build the land component of cooperation in addition to air and sea. And as with previous iterations, this year, the CAW was in the spotlight at the Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD) in Singapore, where Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said trilateral cooperation would enter a new phase with a joint exercise on the ground, and the defence ministers of the three countries also met on the sidelines of the summit, which was also the case. A photo of the previous launch of trilateral air patrols common to subang Military Airfield in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, Thursday, October 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) This week, this aspect of the ongoing trilateral cooperation between the three countries made headlines again when Indonesia confirmed that the three countries had indeed agreed to practice together for months in Tarakan, Northern California.

In local and international media, Ryacudu said on 12 June that the exercise would aim to promote joint cooperation in the border regions of Denland, in order to address a wide range of transnational challenges, with particular emphasis on terrorism and the lingering fears of Islamic State militants in the region. As I have already seen in these pages and elsewhere, one of the most important developments in minilateral cooperation in Southeast Asia in recent years has been the promotion of trilateral cooperation between Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. After a series of abductions of nationals by militant groups in mid-2016, cooperation took shape in 2017 and until 2018 as a trilateral cooperation agreement (TCA), with maritime and air patrols and the establishment of operational hubs in each country. It appears that the commitment of the three defence ministers has effectively pushed their military personnel to accelerate the necessary agreements at the operational level. On 14 July 2016, a framework agreement was signed between the three armed forces. The elements contained in the framework are the same as those of the joint declaration of the foreign ministers. There has been strong interest in the growing trilateral cooperation between the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. The launch of a trilateral maritime patrol in Tarakan, Indonesia, in June 2017, and the launch of joint air patrols in Subang, Malaysia, in October 2017, look promising.