Anwar calls on aggressive diplomatic engagement to solve tensions in the South China Sea

KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk seri Anwar Ibrahim called for aggressive diplomatic engagement in order to resolve tensions between China and Philippines in the South China Sea.

He stated that Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has been in contact with him about the skirmishes and noted that Malaysia will continue to engage actively within the Asean Framework.

“At this point, I’ll say that I fully understand the concerns Bongbong expressed during many of our exchanges. I told him that my personal opinion was that Malaysia has a more aggressive approach to diplomatic engagement and that we’ve been successful at it.

He said that we were perceived as neutral and appeared to be so at the 37th Asia-Pacific Roundtable here in Singapore on Thursday (6 June).

Anwar was answering a question by a Philippine delegates regarding Malaysia’s strategy as ASEAN chair in 2025 in order to address the Philippines concerns in the South China Sea.

The Prime Minister reaffirmed his position that this issue must be settled between Asean members countries and China without external interference.

He said that involving other parties would make the situation more complicated and complicate it.

Media reports claim that the Philippine president warned China recently not to cross a “red line” in the South China Sea where the standoff between both countries is continuing to escalate.

The long-standing territorial dispute between China, and the Philippines has escalated in recent months into violent clashes.

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