Malaysia sends Royal Navy, Maritime Enforcers to guard territory against China: Taking diplomatic actions

Malaysia is now taking a firm position against China’s aggressiveness. The Malaysian government sent the Royal Malaysian Navy and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency to guard the Luconia Shoals, known as Beting Patinggi Ali in Malaysia, where a Chinese Coast Guard vessel (CCG-1123) intruded.

The said territory is located approximately 100 kilometers off Sarawak coast of Borneo and approximately two thousand kilometers from mainland China.

Malaysia’s National Security Minister Shahidan Kassim said in his social networking site account last week that the territory is not within overlapping claims and that foreign ships who come are intruders. He also posted images of Chinese Coast Guard vessel (CCG-1123) anchored at Luconia Shoals.

On Monday, June 8, The Wall Street Journal quoted Kassim saying Malaysia is taking diplomatic action possibly at the highest level between Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Luconia shoals are being claimed by the Republic of China (Taiwan), the People’s Republic of China, and Malaysia. China claims virtually the entire South China Sea including the Spratly Islands in West Philippine Sea.

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