US-China relationship shapes the stability of Asean countries – Mohamad Sabu

SINGAPORE Jun 1: Defence Minister of Malaysia, Mohamad Sabu raised his concern on the uncertain relationship between the US and China that will remain to be the explicit factor in shaping the stability of the Asia Pacific region particularly the Southeast Asian (SEA) countries.

He said, this outlook occurs due to multipolar power structure manifested by the new US administration and China’s robust economic and security policy objectives for the region.

Mohamad also stressed on the SEA and intra -Asian dynamics concerning overlapping border claims, large movement of refugees and on the rise of internal conflicts.

“”The ASEAN Charter spoke very strongly on the principle of non-interference and Malaysia will continue to subscribe to this but beyond the humanitarian dimension there are also the security and strategic dimensions –the widespread movement of the Rohingyas create instability in the region and could easily become a rallying call for violent extremism in the region.” said Mohamad.

Mohamad said that at the 18th IISS Asia Security Summit Shangri-La Dialogue 2019, Third plenary Session: “Asia’s Evolving Security Order and its Challenges” here today.

The minister also mentioned about the non-traditional security (NTS) risks and emerging trends impacting the Asian region.

Elaborating on this he said, maritime violence, terrorism and cyber security are the main challenges that need to be addressed accordingly.

“The main violence particularly sea piracy and robbery requires a more collaborative approach among nations. Maritime issues would be the potential threats amongst nations if concerted efforts are not tabled effectively.

“The Southeast Asia waters have faced multi-faceted challenges ranging from traditional to non-traditional threats within its shores and beyond,” he added.

He also alerted on the rivalry of the big powers that has aggravated tensions in the South China Sea. As a result, there is a greater risk of naval ships and aircraft encounters which pose possible clash that spark major conflicts dragging ASEAN member states into it.

“In responding to the complexity in global affairs and expanding international relations, Malaysia’s conduct will be guided by the principles of respect for independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and non-interference in the affairs of other nations, peaceful settlement of disputes, peaceful co-existence and mutual benefit in relations,” said Mohamad. –Malaysia World News

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