China’s claims in S. China Sea not recog­nised by Malaysia

The Borneo Post - - HOME - By Sa­muel Aubrey re­porters@the­bor­neo­post.com

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Malaysia does not recog­nise China’s claims in the South China Sea out­lined by a uni­lat­er­ally drawn ‘ ninedash line’ that in­cludes al­most the whole of Malaysia’s mar­itime ar­eas off the coast of Sabah and Sarawak.

For­eign Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ani­fah Aman said China’s claims were in­con­sis­tent with in­ter­na­tional law in­clud­ing the United Na­tions Con­ven­tion on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS).

“Malaysia be­lieves that is­sues in the South China Sea are com­plex, multi-faceted and highly sen­si­tive. There­fore, over­lap­ping claims in the South China Sea should be ad­dressed through peace­ful means and in ac­cor­dance with the rel­e­vant prin­ci­ples of in­ter­na­tional law as stip­u­lated in UNCLOS 1982.

“Brunei Darus­salam, the Philip­pines, Viet­nam and the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China (China) have claimed mar­itime ar­eas and fea­tures in the South China Sea which over­lap with Malaysia’s claims off the coast of Sabah and Sarawak,” he said when de­liv­er­ing a talk on ‘ Is­sues and Chal­lenges in Man­ag­ing Malaysia’s For­eign Re­la­tions’ at De­tar Pu­tra, Univer­siti Malaysia Sarawak (Un­i­mas) yes­ter­day.

With the aid of Pow­erpoint slides, he ex­plained the over­lap­ping claims in the South China Sea with Malaysia as one of the claimants.

He pointed out that any po­ten­tial de­vel­op­ment which can un­der­mine peace, se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity will raise con­cerns and would nat­u­rally at­tract wide at­ten­tion, and there­fore, should be ad­dressed peace­fully and in a proac­tive, pos­i­tive and con­struc­tive man­ner.

He also said Malaysia reaf­firmed the im­por­tance of main­tain­ing peace, sta­bil­ity, se­cu­rity and free­dom of nav­i­ga­tion in and flight over the South China Sea.

He em­pha­sised the need for all par­ties to en­sure the full and ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Dec­la­ra­tion on the Con­duct of Par­ties in the South China Sea or DOC in its en­tirety, which amongst oth­ers cited the need to ex­er­cise self-re­straint in the con­duct of ac­tiv­i­ties, and not re­sort to threats or use of force.

Some 1,500 peo­ple com­pris­ing mostly un­der­grad­u­ates and post­grad­u­ate stu­dents of Un­i­mas

Malaysia be­lieves that is­sues in the South China Sea are com­plex, multi-faceted and highly sen­si­tive. There­fore, over­lap­ping claims in the South China Sea should be ad­dressed through peace­ful means and in ac­cor­dance with the rel­e­vant prin­ci­ples of in­ter­na­tional law as stip­u­lated in UNCLOS 1982.

at­tended the talk where is­sues dis­cussed in­cluded im­pli­ca­tions from the rise of China and Malaysia’s re­la­tion­ship with the United States, Ro­hingya is­sue, counter ter­ror­ism, and diplo­matic re­la­tions with North Korea.

Also dis­cussed were tragedies in­volv­ing MH370 and MH17, con­flict between Pales­tine and Is­rael, the per­sis­tent claim on Sabah by the Philip­pines and the in­cur­sion in La­had Datu, and over­lap­ping claims in the South China Sea.

Ani­fah started his talk by talk­ing about the his­tory of Wisma Pu­tra and Malaysia’s in­volve­ment in As­so­ci­a­tion of South East Asian Na­tions (Asean) and United Na­tions ( UN) as well as other or­gan­i­sa­tions.

He pre­sides over 112 em­bassies, high com­mis­sions and con­sulates abroad.

“Malaysia is present in at least 85 coun­tries and she plays host to 117 for­eign mis­sions. Wisma Pu­tra is

Datuk Seri Ani­fah Aman, For­eign Min­is­ter

now staffed by ap­prox­i­mately 1,385 staff both lo­cally and abroad, and our pres­ence is felt in the coun­tries we are in as well as in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions we are mem­bers of,” he said.

Un­i­mas vice- chan­cel­lor Prof Datuk Dr Mo­hamad Kadim Suaidi said the univer­sity was hon­oured that Ani­fah had ac­cepted their in­vi­ta­tion to the talk which co­in­cided with Un­i­mas’ 25th ju­bilee cel­e­bra­tion.

“The topic of the talk is not only rel­e­vant to our pol­i­tics and In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions stu­dents, but also to all of us who want a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the is­sues and chal­lenges fac­ing our coun­try in the in­ter­na­tional arena,” he said.

Also present yes­ter­day were Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs’ di­rec­tor- gen­eral of its Depart­ment of Pol­icy Plan­ning and Co­or­di­na­tion, Bala Chan­dran Thar­man; di­rec­tor-gen­eral of its Depart­ment of Mar­itime Af­fairs, Dr Az­far Mo­hamad Musta­far; and its Sarawak Re­gion di­rec­tor Glo­ria Ti­wet.

Un­i­mas’ deputy dean of Fac­ulty of So­cial Sci­ences, Dr Arnold Puyok acted as the mod­er­a­tor for the talk, which was fol­lowed by a ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion.

Ani­fah (sixth right, front row) and Kadim (sixth left, front row) join the guests and stu­dents for a group photo.

The so-called ‘nine-dash line’ claim by China.

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