American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- An island of western Indonesia in the Java Sea between Sumatra and Borneo. It has important tin mines.
“No wonder the Indonesian Record Museum called Belitung the city of 1,001 coffee shops.”
“Singapore paid $32 million to the company that recovered them off the coast of Indonesia's Belitung Island in 1998.”
“Proponents are calling on the governmentto build up to two facilities on the Bangka Belitung islands off the coast of Sumatra south of Singapore, where industries are hungry for power.”
“The Belitung wreck is a time capsule that has revolutionised our understanding of two ancient civilisations that fill the airwaves today - China and the Middle East.”
“Analysts said the ban is likely to upset bilateral relations with China, which consumes 44 per cent of the world's tin supply, much of which comes from Bangka Belitung.”
“Twenty-four tin producers plan to halt on October 1, all shipments from the production hub of Bangka Belitung, off the eastern coast of Sumatra, the Indonesian Tin Association announced yesterday.”
“Indonesia is the world's biggest tin exporter, with Bangka Belitung supplying an average 8500 tonnes of tin a month to the global market, the association said.”
“The probable historical importance of the shipwreck, which was discovered by fishermen off Belitung Island in Indonesia in 1998, has only inflamed the debate.”
“PT Timah, the biggest producer, and Malaysia Smelting Corp. unit PT Koba Tin are among 28 companies that agreed to the halt after meeting yesterday with Bangka Belitung Governor Eko Maulana Ali, Murod said by phone.”
“The Bangka Belitung governor will issue a decree as a legal basis for the export halt, Rudy Irawan, deputy chairman of the Indonesian Tin Industry Association, said in a text message.”
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