FILE PHOTO: A Malaysian flag flies outdoors Prime Minister’s workplace, in Putrajaya, Malaysia September 24, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng
September 18, 2021
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia on Saturday expressed considerations that Australia’s plan to construct nuclear-powered submarines beneath a brand new pact with Britain and the US may catalyze a nuclear arms race within the Indo-Pacific area.
Australia will construct eight nuclear-powered submarines beneath an Indo-Pacific safety partnership that has riled China.
“It is going to provoke different powers to additionally act extra aggressively within the area, particularly within the South China Sea,” Malaysia’s Prime Minister Workplace stated in an announcement.
The assertion didn’t point out China, however Beijing’s international coverage within the area has been more and more assertive, notably its maritime claims within the resource-rich South China Sea, a few of which battle with Malaysia’s personal claims.
“As a rustic inside ASEAN, Malaysia holds the precept of sustaining ASEAN as a Zone of Peace, Freedom and Neutrality (ZOFPAN),” the assertion stated.
Malaysia urged all events to keep away from any provocation and arms competitors within the area.
(Reporting by Mei Mei Chu; Enhancing by Christina Fincher)