Malaysia 's Approach On Resolving The South China Sea

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Malaysia’s Approach on Resolving the South China Sea (SCS) Disputes CDR Mohamad Hasli bin Abu Hassan RMN Defense Language Institute English Language Center During his keynote address at the opening of the 30th Asia-Pacific roundtable, the Malaysian Prime Minister said, “We will continue to rely on diplomacy and dialogue to peacefully resolve difference and disputes. We will do so in accordance with and in adherence to the norms, customs, and principles of international law" (Cheng, 2016). Disputes in the SCS have been a long-standing issue amongst claimants such as Malaysia, Brunei, Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Republic of China. Apart from territorial disputes, the SCS holds a critical geostrategic…show more content…
Malaysia’s approach on resolving the SCS disputes works through diplomacy, which consists of peaceful resolutions, friendly relationship, stronger defense capabilities, and stronger economic ties. Against this backdrop, this paper will briefly show that Malaysia is committed to resolving the SCS disputes using diplomacy at all means in order to keep a harmonious environment amongst claimants and its users. In adherence to the norms and customs, Malaysia will always cling to peaceful resolutions. Malaysia 's National Defense Policy (2010) stressed out that any conflicts which might occur in SCS could result in an interventions by major external powers, and this will complicate the situations. Malaysia acknowledges the importance of ASEAN-led process in addressing conflicts in the SCS. ASEAN member states and China signed the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the SCS (DOC) in 2002. The deceleration regularized that the signatory states will oblige to enhance and develop a mechanism to promote friendship and harmony situation in the SCS (Permal, 2016). It 's also supposed to include a conclusion of a formal and binding a Code of Conduct in the SCS (COC) which still pending until

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