A Kasturi-class corvette of the Royal Malaysian Navy fires a missile during a military exercise in the South China Sea on August 12. Photo: DPA
A Kasturi-class corvette of the Royal Malaysian Navy fires a missile during a military exercise in the South China Sea on August 12. Photo: DPA
Richard Heydarian
Opinion

Opinion

Richard Heydarian

Malaysia’s ‘quiet diplomacy’ and expanded defence ties show it’s no pushover in the South China Sea

  • Despite years of criticising the West while building warm ties with China, Malaysia looks to be hedging its bets and resisting Beijing’s growing footprint
  • Displays of deft diplomacy and deepened defence ties with external powers have helped it carve out space to uphold its interests in the region

A Kasturi-class corvette of the Royal Malaysian Navy fires a missile during a military exercise in the South China Sea on August 12. Photo: DPA
A Kasturi-class corvette of the Royal Malaysian Navy fires a missile during a military exercise in the South China Sea on August 12. Photo: DPA
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