Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has confirmed that China has assured him that it will continue to negotiate with Southeast Asian countries over disputed territorial claims in the South China Sea, avoiding actions that risk escalation. This assurance came after Beijing released a map with a “10-dash line” last month, which Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries have rejected.
Malaysian Prime Minister has announced that China has offered reassurances regarding the South China Sea map, a controversial issue that has strained diplomatic relations and global stability. The South China Sea has been a contentious issue with multiple countries, including China, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Taiwan, asserting territorial claims.
The recent development suggests a shift in the dynamics of the ongoing geopolitical dispute. High-level discussions between Malaysian and Chinese officials have taken place, during which China offered reassurances about its intentions in the South China Sea. While the specific details of these discussions are not disclosed, it is seen as a step towards reducing tensions in the region.
The South China Sea has been a flashpoint for territorial disputes, with China’s assertion of sovereignty based on historical records being a source of concern for its neighbours and the international community. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been at the forefront of efforts to promote peace and stability in the South China Sea, urging dialogue and adherence to international law to resolve disputes.