Where does Malaysia stand on China’s Belt and Road?

AMONG the central narratives that swept the Mahathir Mohamad-led coalition into power in 2018 were two intricately interwoven accusations levelled at the former government.First, that Barisan Nasional’s shady dealings were burdening the Malaysian people with unsustainable debt and second, that by cosying up to China the party was putting self-interest ahead of national interest. In opposition, Mahathir was unabashed in criticising major Belt and Road projects for favouring Chinese interests and lining the pockets of corrupt Barisan Nasional politicians. In government, he promptly placed US$35 billion worth of rail, port…

To help counter China’s rise, US turns to its Coast Guard, United States News & Top Stories

WASHINGTON • As a US Coast Guard cutter sailed through the East China Sea last month, Chinese vessels shadowed it on the high seas, US service officials said. It was a reminder to the Americans of where they were: in a strategic area about 300km from China’s shores. The situation underscored the evolving American response to the rise of China and the role of the US Coast Guard, which typically operates missions closer to home. The Coast Guard is increasingly orienting itself towards China, senior officials said, by deploying new…

U.S. Trade Hawks Exaggerate China’s Threat

China therefore erects tariffs to protect industries it hopes will help it make that leap. So did the United States when it was industrializing. “Give us a protective tariff,” declared Abraham Lincoln in 1844, “and we will have the greatest nation on Earth.” So do many developing nations today. China has a lower trade-weighted average tariff than Argentina, Brazil, India, South Korea, Indonesia, South Africa, Turkey, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Mexico. Beijing also requires many American companies to create joint ventures with Chinese firms in order to sell to Chinese…

Minister denies Malaysia being silent in China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims | Malaysia

Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu denied that Malaysia is being in voicing out its concerns about China’s treatment of its Uyghur Muslim community. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri KUALA LUMPUR, April 20 — Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu denied that Malaysia is being in voicing out its concerns about China’s treatment of its Uyghur Muslim community. He was asked to comment on Malaysia’s stand on the matter, and whether it contrasted with the country’s consistent criticism of Israel’s treatment of Palestinian Muslims. In an interview recently, the first time minister said that…

Minister denies Malaysia being silent in China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims

KUALA LUMPUR, April 20 — Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu denied that Malaysia is being in voicing out its concerns about China’s treatment of its Uyghur Muslim community. He was asked to comment on Malaysia’s stand on the matter, and whether it contrasted with the country’s consistent criticism of Israel’s treatment of Palestinian Muslims. In an interview recently, the first time minister said that Malaysia has been using its diplomatic channels to convey its dissatisfaction on the treatment towards the minority Muslim community in China. “We continue to use diplomatic channels…

‘China’s clam harvesting violates Philippines sovereignty’

MANILA, Philippines —  Malacañang yesterday described as an “affront” to Philippine territory and sovereignty the harvesting of giant clams in Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal by Chinese ships as the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced it would take legal action against China over the incident. As this developed, the Supreme Court (SC) was asked to compel the government to protect disputed shoals in the West Philippine Sea where Chinese fishermen have reportedly been harvesting marine resources. A senior Navy official also said Chinese militia vessels continue to maintain their presence within…

Opinion | China’s 5G tech may do more than revolutionise communications – it may redraw global security alliances – South China Morning Post

Opinion | China’s 5G tech may do more than revolutionise communications – it may redraw global security alliances  South China Morning Post The US has been clear that it will reconsider its partnerships with countries that use crucial Chinese technology. However, ultimately, the appeal of 5G may lure … Source link

China’s new amphibious stealth drone can seize, guard South China Sea reefs — report

China’s new amphibious stealth drone can seize, guard South China Sea reefs — report (Philstar.com) – April 19, 2019 – 4:48pm MANILA, Philippines — China’s new stealth amphibious assault drone boats could be used to guard its military outposts in the South China Sea, according to a report. Earlier this month, Beijing announced that it has built the world’s first amphibious drone boat named Marine Lizard. Chinese newspaper Global Times reported that analysts say the 12-meter-long drone ship can be used in land assault operations and can form a…