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Malaysia warns new Indo-Pacific pact may trigger nuclear arms race

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Malaysia warns new Indo-Pacific pact may trigger nuclear arms race
Malaysia warns new Indo-Pacific pact may trigger nuclear arms race   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">KUALA</span> <span class="caps">LUMPUR</span> – Malaysia on Saturday expressed concerns that Australia’s plan to build nuclear-powered submarines under a new pact with Britain and the United States could catalyze a nuclear arms race in the Indo-Pacific region. </p> <p>Australia will build eight nuclear-powered submarines under an Indo-Pacific security partnership that has riled China.</p> <p>“It will provoke other powers to also act more aggressively in the region, especially in the South China Sea,” Malaysia’s Prime Minister Office said in a statement.</p> <p>The statement did not mention China, but Beijing’s foreign policy in the region has been increasingly assertive, particularly its maritime claims in the resource-rich South China Sea, some of which conflict with Malaysia’s own claims.</p> <p>“As a country within <span class="caps">ASEAN</span>, Malaysia holds the principle of maintaining <span class="caps">ASEAN</span> as a Zone of Peace, Freedom and Neutrality (<span class="caps">ZOFPAN</span>),” the statement said. </p> <p>Malaysia urged all parties to avoid any provocation and arms competition in the region.</p> <p/> </div>