“We must look at the big picture and not define relations with China on a single-issue basis but look at the broad spectrum of the relations, and recognise the strategic importance of our bilateral relationship with China,” Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak told a Japanese newspaper.
“We do not want [territorial] issue to be an impediment to the growing ties between Malaysia and China,” Malaysian head said, who is now on a visit in Japan.
Comment of the Malaysian premier comes amid Philippines and Vietnam’s call to join in opposing China’s ‘violation’ of international law.
Malaysia, with help from international communuity, is currently on the midst of looking for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 with majority of passengers are Chinese nationals.
Najib also said Malaysia “reaffirmed the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea.”