The island that wasn’t
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The Australians might have found the best way to end territorial disputes over islands — undiscover them. It could work with certain uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, which have been causing much heartburn in both China and Japan, or with the Spratly Islands, claimed by Vietnam, China, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. India and Bangladesh had help from unexpected quarters a few years ago. The two countries had been scrapping over South Talpatti, an island in the Bay of Bengal, uninhabited except for the pirates rumoured to have set up base there. Then climate change raised the sea levels and by 2010, the island had disappeared, perhaps to the secret relief of both countries.
The old explorers set out on great voyages of discovery. New explorers must go on voyages of undiscovery, striking places off the map. As they do so, they create new Atlantises, mythical places that might have never been, to keep the world speculating for another thousand years.
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