Mahathir fears Malaysia will be target of sanctions amid US-China trade war

Malaysia’s reliance on exports means that it must prioritise peace and stability, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday, especially in areas such as the South China Sea where his government has pushed for demilitarisation of the contested waters.

“We have to maintain peace and stability. At this moment in the Strait of Malacca and the South China Sea, passage of ships are still free without any obstructions. But once people start sending warships into this area, there will be tension,” he told the 2019 Praxis conference in Kuala Lumpur, organised by Malaysia’s Institute of Strategic and International Studies.

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