KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia mentioned on Saturday it was firmly dedicated to defending its sovereign rights and pursuits within the South China Sea after China expressed concern about Malaysian vitality tasks in part of the ocean that China additionally claims.
Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim mentioned on Tuesday China was apprehensive about exercise by the state vitality agency Petronas in part of the South China Sea that Malaysia says is its territory.
Anwar mentioned he was open to negotiations with China, drawing criticism from the opposition, which mentioned Anwar was risking Malaysia’s sovereignty.
The international ministry mentioned in a Saturday assertion Anwar’s remark meant Malaysia would love all points associated to the South China Sea to be resolved in a peaceable method and with out compromising Malaysia’s place.
“The federal government of Malaysia is unequivocally and firmly dedicated to defending Malaysia’s sovereignty, sovereign rights and pursuits in its maritime areas within the South China Sea,” the ministry mentioned.
China claims sovereignty over virtually the whole South China Sea, via which about $3 trillion value of ship-borne commerce passes yearly. Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have some overlapping claims.
Petronas operates oil and gasoline fields inside Malaysia’s unique financial zone (EEZ) and has in recent times had a number of encounters with Chinese language vessels.
China stakes its declare with a reference to a “nine-dash line” on its maps, which loops so far as 1,500 km south of its mainland, slicing into the EEZs of Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia.
The Everlasting Court docket of Arbitration, nonetheless, dominated in 2016 that the nine-dash line has no authorized foundation.
Anwar mentioned this week Petronas would proceed its actions within the South China Sea.