Don’t lec­ture us, ex-colo­nial­ists told

> PM says larger coun­tries should treat smaller ones fairly

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BEI­JING: Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak said for­mer colo­nial pow­ers should not lec­ture coun­tries they once ex­ploited on their in­ter­nal af­fairs, a Chi­nese news­pa­per re­ported yes­ter­day.

Na­jib, who is on a six-day visit to China, said in an ed­i­to­rial in the state-run China Daily that larger coun­tries should treat smaller coun­tries fairly.

He also said dis­putes over the South China Sea is­sue should be re­solved through di­a­logue in ac­cor­dance with the rule of law.

China is claim­ing most of the area, through which about US$5 tril­lion (RM20.95 tril­lion) in ship-borne trade passes ev­ery year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philip­pines, Tai­wan and Viet­nam have also laid claims.

“When it comes to the South China Sea, we firmly be­lieve that over­lap­ping ter­ri­to­rial and mar­itime dis­putes should be man­aged calmly and ra­tio­nally through di­a­logue, in ac­cor­dance with the rule of law and peace­ful ne­go­ti­a­tions,” he said.

Chi­nese Vice-For­eign Min­is­ter Liu Zhen­min said on Tues­day that Malaysia had pledged with Bei­jing to han­dle South China Sea dis­putes bi­lat­er­ally.

Malaysia also agreed to buy four Chi­nese naval ves­sels and signed 14 busi­ness worth a to­tal of RM143.64 bil­lion ring­git.

Na­jib said Malaysia wel­comed the China-backed Asian In­fra­struc­ture In­vest­ment Bank, which marks a turn­ing point “of peace­ful di­a­logue, not for­eign in­ter­ven­tion, in sov­er­eign states”.

Global in­sti­tu­tions needed to be

Na­jib re­ceives ap­plause af­ter sign­ing a plaque at Pea­cock Lake Park in Gu’an, that was de­signed with an ad­vanced sewage wa­ter pro­cess­ing sys­tem.

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