The half century bondage as a defensive solution

Some opined that Malaysia should exert her partnership in the Five Power Defence Agreement, which is a half century of Defence brotherhood and alliance as a short term solution to ‘flex some muscle’, in the heightening of seemingly military threats and brewing geo-political issues in South China Sea.

The past twelve years China PLA-Navy has been incrementally aggressive in the unsubstantiated claims of the ‘Nine-Dash-Line’, which include the construction of nine naval stations for the use of PLA-Navy with facilities for nuclear submarine operations.

It is understood that not Malaysia’s policy to be directly aggressive as a reciprocity and escalate and perpetuate the tension in the area.

However, to invoke FDPA exercises regularly as a show of force, where Malaysia’s military alliance with Singapore, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand remain strong and effective.

The Daily Mail Online story:

Big Lizzie will confront China: £3bn aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth ‘will be deployed to the Far East to take part in military drills with US and Japan’

  • HMS Queen Elizabeth expected to visit the Far East during grand maiden voyage
  • The £3billion aircraft carrier will reportedly carry out joint military exercises
  • It comes amid growing political tension between the government and Beijing
  • Ministry of Defence says no decision has yet been taken on carrier’s deployment

One of Britain’s new £3billion aircraft carriers could be sent to the Far East under new plans drawn up by military chiefs, reports today suggest.

The class leading HMS Queen Elizabeth is expected to visit the region during its maiden grand voyage next year.

The aircraft carrier is set to be involved in joint military exercises with allies such as the United States and Japan during the visit, according to the Times today.

The move is likely to be seen as a counter to China‘s increasingly assertive attitude in the region and beyond.

And the reports of the voyage comes amid growing tension between London and Beijing, as well as the government’s row over whether to include Chinese tech firm Huawei over security fears and growing pressure from America to exclude them from the process.

This map shows China’s territorial claim in the South China Sea (in red), which the US yesterday described as ‘unlawful’. Marked in blue are US bases in Okinawa off Japan and in Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory, and Sembawang wharf in Singapore where Britain’s Royal Navy maintains a presence. The diagram on the right shows the carrier strike group of HMS Queen Elizabeth, which will reportedly be deployed to the region in 2021

On its Far East voyage The Queen Elizabeth is to be accompanied by other warships, including two Type 45 destroyers and two frigates, while it will also have two squadrons of F-35B Lightning II jets.

It is likely one of those squadrons will be from the RAF while the other could be from the US Marine Corps, the Times reports. 

As well as taking part in military exercises, the carrier, which along with its sister ship HMS Prince of Wales is the largest ever built by the British Navy, will also provide a platform for trade talks, the Times, quoting an unnamed defence source, reports.

The HMS Prince of Wales, which also cost £3billion, is said to be around 18 months behind its sister ship in terms of deployment.

Once completed, defence chiefs hope to base one of the carriers in the Indo-Pacific region.

A source told the Times: ‘One carrier will support Nato in the North Atlantic.

The HMS Prince of Wales (pictured) is said to be around 18 months behind its sister ship in terms of deployment.
It is likely one of those squadrons of F-35B fighter jets (pictured) will be from the RAF while the other could be from the US Marine Corps, the Times reports

‘Where else are you going to put the other? On the main trade routes and to counter the emerging threat of China.’ 

Meanwhile the Ministry of Defence last night said ‘no decision’ had been taken on the HMS Queen Elizabeth’s deployment.

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There has been some uneasiness of Malaysia’s seemingly nonchalant attitude in the current heightening issues in South China Sea.

South China Morning Post story:

US-China tensions: why is Malaysia so quiet about the South China Sea?

  • Malaysia and Brunei have been less vocal than Vietnam and the Philippines in questioning China’s maritime claims, even after Mike Pompeo’s statement
  • The Malaysian foreign minister has come under fire for claiming Chinese ships have not intruded into the country’s waters for the past 100 days

Topic |  South China Sea

Amy Chew

Amy Chew

Published: 7:00am, 18 Jul, 2020

Updated: 7:40am, 18 Jul, 2020

Malaysia’s South China Sea policy has come under the spotlight after a public rebuke of its foreign minister Hishammuddin Hussein by one of his predecessors Anifah Aman, and as Washington hardens its position against Beijing over the disputed waterway.

Anifah, who was foreign minister for nine years until the downfall of ex-leader Najib Razak’s government in the May 2018 election, admonished Hishammuddin on Thursday for saying Chinese ships had not intruded into Malaysian waters for the past 100 days.

Satellite images and sightings clearly indicated otherwise, said Anifah and analysts.

“I am appalled by the [Foreign] Minister’s statement. He is either in denial or ignorant of the fact. Worse, he is playing politics with Malaysia’s maritime and strategic interests,” said Anifah, a serving parliamentarian from Hishammuddin’s party.

Hishammuddin took on his portfolio in March when the Perikatan Nasional coalition came to power following a political scandal that tore apart the Pakatan Harapan administration that won the May 2018 polls. He was previously the defence minister in Najib’s government.

He said on Wednesday that in his first 100 days in office, “Chinese vessels have not been seen in our waters”.https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html?n=0

“So how did we manage this? This is between us and the Chinese leadership … my stand is very clear, we will not compromise on our sovereignty,” national news agency Bernama quoted him as telling a media conference in parliament.

It comes as ministers fear China could unleash a devastating online attack on Britain – dubbed a ‘cyber-9/11’ – amid increasing tensions between London and Beijing.

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It is not clear if Wisma Putra is working this up, as part of the short-mid term plan to resolve the heightening tension in South East Asia and it is complementary or not to the US Navy Seventh Fleet operations in the area.

Perhaps getting help from friends is necessary to ward off the bully.

This is something Foreign Minister Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Hussein should do, quietly without media attention.

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