ASEAN, China and Malaysia: Cautious diplomacy, trade, and a complex sea

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Abstract

© Institute of China Studies First published in 2015. During 2014, the Governments of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Malaysia celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the formal establishment of diplomatic relations. The 1974 event was a milestone and significant during a period of the thawing of the Cold War era. The benefits of the past 40 years are witnessed in the sound bilateral investment and trade relations with cautious diplomacy. However, the Governments of the two nations, in recent years, grapple to find resolutions to their respective sovereignty disputes in the South China Sea and solutions on how best to collectively manage the marine biotic and mineral resources therein and the maritime space and jurisdictional issues This study highlights the creative diplomacy against the backdrop of the contemporary disputes within the South China Sea with a special emphasis on Malaysia and the PRC in the context of the Asia-Pacific in the 21st century. During 2015, Malaysia holds the Chairmanship of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) a regional bloc whose objective is to get closer to the 600 million people and the population of China which presently stands in excess of one billion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-148
JournalInternational Journal of China Studies
Volume6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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