Malaysia, China to have panel to discuss security issues

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia and China will set up a high-level committee to discuss security and defence issues common to both countries.

Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, who received a courtesy call from China's Central Military Commission vice-chairman Xu Qiliang yesterday, said the committee will discuss military ties between the two countries and security threats.

"One area that we are pursuing is to ensure that the relationship built with China is institutionalised. The high-level committee will be chaired by both Malaysia and China's defence ministers and will look at aspects that may strengthen or sour our bilateral links," he said at a press conference at the Defence Ministry in Jalan Padang Tembak.

Datuk Seri Hishammuddin said other than institutionalising bilateral relations between both countries, the committee will discuss security issues pertaining to North Korea, the South China Sea and terrorism.

ENSURING STRONG TIES

One area that we are pursuing is to ensure that the relationship built with China is institutionalised. The high-level committee will be chaired by both Malaysia and China's defence ministers and will look at aspects that may strengthen or sour our bilateral links.

MALAYSIAN DEFENCE MINISTER HISHAMMUDDIN HUSSEIN

"I believe this reflects the unique relationship we have with China. Under the high-level committee, we will set up specific working groups for military cooperation, exchange of information and intelligence," Mr Hishammuddin said.

THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 30, 2017, with the headline 'Malaysia, China to have panel to discuss security issues'. Print Edition | Subscribe