A Malaysian Navy ship takes part in an exercise in the South China Sea. Photo: DPA
A Malaysian Navy ship takes part in an exercise in the South China Sea. Photo: DPA

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South China Sea: why Malaysia and Indonesia differ in countering Beijing’s maritime claims

  • While Kuala Lumpur has taken a robust approach, continuing to develop the Kasawari gas field and even scrambling jets, Indonesia’s approach appears to be more cautious
  • Some experts say it’s related to Chinese investment and Covid-19 aid; some say it’s about rejecting ‘megaphone diplomacy’; while others wonder if Indonesia has a set policy at all

Topic |   South China Sea
A Malaysian Navy ship takes part in an exercise in the South China Sea. Photo: DPA
A Malaysian Navy ship takes part in an exercise in the South China Sea. Photo: DPA
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