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Indonesia and Malaysia Voice Concerns of Potential Arms Race in Indo-Pacific Region

Monday, 18-October-2021 22:00

Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi (right) welcomes Malaysian Foreign Affairs Minister Saifuddin Abdullah (left).
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Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi (right) welcomes Malaysian Foreign Affairs Minister Saifuddin Abdullah (left).
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JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesia and Malaysia have share common concerns over the escalating great power rivalry and potential arms race in the Indo-Pacific region.

"We do not want the current dynamics to cause tension in the arms race and also in power projection. This situation will not benefit anyone," said Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi when delivering a press statement online following a bilateral meeting with Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah in Jakarta, on Monday (10/18/2021).

Without mentioning specific countries or groups, Retno said Indonesia and Malaysia agreed to increase efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region.

One of the efforts that will continue to be made is to continue to strengthen the unity and centrality of ASEAN.

"At the same time (we) ask all ASEAN partners to contribute to the stability, security, peace, and prosperity of the region, while still respecting international law,s" said Foreign Minister Retno.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian Foreign Minister alluded to Australia's plans to build nuclear-powered submarines with the help of cooperation from Britain and the United States.

The defense cooperation, known as AUKUS, is said by many parties to be aimed at countering China's expanding influence in the region, especially regarding the issue of the South China Sea dispute involving a number of countries.

"Although the country is trying to say that this is a nuclear-powered submarine but not nuclear-armed, we have expressed concern and anger because this could trigger the involvement of other powers in the ASEAN region and in the South China Sea," Saifuddin said, without naming Australia.

In particular regarding the South China Sea, Indonesia and Malaysia, which both have economic interests in the territorial waters, agreed to exchange views and work together more closely to resolve the issues they face together, as reported by Antara.

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