Malaysia PM warns against attempts to block China’s rise

SpaceWar.com reports: “Malaysia’s Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim warned Thursday against attempts by other countries to block China’s military and economic rise in the Asia-Pacific region.

As the United States and China jostle for regional influence, Southeast Asian countries should defend the ‘sanctity’ of international law and urge cooperation, he said.

Beijing would see attempts to curb its military and economic expansion as a denial of its ‘legitimate place in history’, Anwar said in a speech at the Australian National University in Canberra.

‘The obstacles that have been placed against China’s economic and technological advancement will only further accentuate such grievances,’ he said.

The Malaysian prime minister was speaking after a meeting of Australian and Southeast Asian leaders in Melbourne that was dominated by discussion of China’s aggressive stance in the region.

Beijing claims almost the entirety of the South China Sea as its own, ignoring international legal precedent and competing claims from a host of Southeast Asian nations…”

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