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Malaysia to seek China's view on Australia's nuclear sub pact
By: Mei Mei Chu; & Martin Petty - Reuters World News - 09-22-21

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Military delegates attend the event marking the 100th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of China, on Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China July 1, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/File Photo.

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Malaysia on Wednesday said it plans to seek China's position on the new defence partnership between the United States, Britain and Australia, days after sounding the alarm that the pact could trigger a nuclear arms race in the region.

The alliance, known as AUKUS, will see Australia get technology to deploy nuclear-powered submarines as part of the agreement intended to respond to growing Chinese power, especially in the strategically important South China Sea.

Indonesia and Malaysia warned that it would lead to an arms race in the region amid a burgeoning superpower rivalry in Southeast Asia, while the Philippines has backed the pact as a means of maintaining the region's balance of power. read more

Malaysia's defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein on Wednesday proposed an immediate working trip to China to discuss AUKUS.

"We need to get the views from the leadership of China, especially China's defense, on AUKUS that was announced by the three countries and what are their actions following the announcement," Hishammuddin said in parliament.

China has said the plan risks severely damaging regional peace and stability.

Hishammuddin said he had urged his Australian counterpart Peter Dutton to approach Brunei, chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as well as Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam - China's neighours - to address concerns about the region's security.

"Our strength is not when we are alone, our strength is when these 10 ASEAN member countries are united to see the position and security of the region be defended," he said.

Hishammuddin added that the current focus is to balance the two major powers in the context of AUKUS, plus Malaysia's relationship with the Five Power Defence Arrangements, a 1971 consultation pact reached at the height of the cold war between Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore.

He said that should be "used as leverage to balance the major powers."

Reporting by Mei Mei Chu; Editing by Martin Petty
Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.


Personal note: It seems every country around the globe wants a nuke. Is there that much
insecurity in the world? And any country that has one had better be damn sure if they launch
one - there will be repercussion's to follow. It seems today mankind's deadliest weapon will
soon be - every countries weapon of choice. The world is becoming M.A.D. across the globe
- once one is fired - mankind will cease to exist - or have to live underground for quite sometime.
Doesn't that make you feel better - I could just puke! So much for Peace and Brotherhood!

O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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