KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has maintained that the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea must remain unencumbered, says Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali. "The region must remain a zone of peace, freedom and neutrality and must not be allowed to be militarised," he said in his closing remarks at the South China Morning Post's China Conference here on Thursday (Oct 11). "South-East Asia is looking at China as the new economic behemoth with genuine admiration but also with some trepidation because of its military might. Now, more than ever before, Malaysia is one of the most attractive places in South-East Asia to do business," he added. China remains as Malaysia's single biggest trading partner, contributing 16.4% to the country's combined total exports and imports in 2017.
Source: The Star October 11, 2018 11:48 UTC