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AUKUS alliance may lead to arms race, provocation — Malaysia

September 18, 2021
Security pact AUKUS could enhance Australia's submarine fleet in Indo-China.
Security pact AUKUS could enhance Australia's submarine fleet in Indo-China.

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia on Saturday expressed its concern that the US, UK and Australia security pact (AUKUS) may provoke a nuclear arms race in the Indo-Pacific region.

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison called his Malaysian counterpart Ismail Sabri Yaakob to explain that the formation of the tripartite group was to help it acquire nuclear-powered submarines, according to a statement from the Malaysian government.

"Ismail told Morrison he was concerned AUKUS could provoke other powers to act more aggressively in the region, especially in the South China Sea. The two leaders renewed commitments to ensure peace, especially in the Indo-Pacific," according to the statement

Malaysia joined Indonesia in expressing concern that a new security pact involving Australia, the US and the UK may spark a nuclear arms race in the Indo-Pacific region.

Morrison called Yaakob on Friday to explain that the formation of the tripartite group — known as AUKUS — was to help it acquire nuclear-powered submarines, according to a statement from the Malaysian government.

Indonesia earlier said it was “deeply concerned” over the continuing arms race and power projection in the region, and called on Australia to meet its nuclear non-proliferation obligations and to uphold the rule of law as set out in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982, or UNCLOS.

Singapore struck a neutral tone, with the city-state saying it hopes the deal “would contribute constructively to the peace and stability of the region and complement the regional architecture.” — Agencies


September 18, 2021
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