By Derek Heng, Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied
Singapore in international heritage explores Singapore’s earlier and current during the lens of worldwide background. It analyses Singapore as a city-state and provides an interdisciplinary viewpoint to the learn of its progress. The reviews offered right here display that Singapore’s background and progress have implications that reach to Southeast Asia and the area. This publication might be of curiosity to economists, sociologists and political scientists, in addition to these drawn to imperial heritage, company historical past, and networks.
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The growth of Chinese economic activities in the region, coupled with the changes in the foreign policy imperatives of the southern Song court, coincided with the decline of South Indian influence across the Bay of Bengal, mitigating whatever the transition in political power in South India may have had on the trajectory of Malay state formation. Previously in the ninth and early tenth centuries, the transition of power in South India, coupled with the unchanged situation in the South China Sea area, had opened a window of opportunity for Srivijaya to proactively extend its political authority into the north Malacca Straits.
Thirdly, no missions were forthcoming from the ports of this region to China until the end of the thirteenth century. Together, these characteristics suggest that the basis for the initial state formation process in the northern Malacca Straits area must have differed significantly from that of the southern Malacca Straits area. One major contextual factor may be noted. While itinerant traders would have formed a substantial portion of these traders, by the fifth century AD, the South Indian merchant guilds, emanating from the structures of economy in South India under the Cholas and Pallavas, were beginning to make significant headway in the Bay area.
China’s view of the Malay region would have been one that was largely based on Srivijaya’s narrative of the state of affairs in the region. Chinese imperial perception of the Malay region most likely remained largely unchanged through the course of the eighth to early tenth centuries, even as the market demand for foreign products attainable from or via Southeast Asia grew, until 904, when political authority of Guangzhou was passed from the Tang to the Kingdom of Min (Clark 2002: 64-70). This stability allowed Srivijaya to concentrate its efforts on state formation in the Malay region.