Land reclamation by China at Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands. Photo: AP

Malaysia must prepare navy for possible conflict in South China Sea, foreign minister warns

  • Saifuddin Abdullah says Kuala Lumpur’s ability to prevent other countries encroaching on its waters is lacking, and military upgrades are needed
  • Malaysia’s stance advocating non-militarisation of the disputed waterway is rhetorical only, analysts say, and there is ‘no substitute for tonnage at sea’
Topic |   Malaysia

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Land reclamation by China at Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands. Photo: AP
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Vietnam's President Nguyen Phu Trong. Photo: EPA-EFE/ STR

Vietnam calls for restraint in South China Sea after months of tensions with Beijing

  • President Nguyen Phu Trong says country should ‘never compromise’ on sovereignty as Chinese ship continues energy survey in disputed waters
  • Vietnam recently banned DreamWorks film Abominable for showing map that endorses China’s claim in the disputed waters
Topic |   South China Sea

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Vietnam's President Nguyen Phu Trong. Photo: EPA-EFE/ STR
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