Asia Briefs: Chinese submarine docks in Malaysia

Chinese submarine docks in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR • A Chinese submarine has docked in Malaysia, the second such visit to the country this year.

The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) confirmed the visit by the Chinese submarine, which docked at the Sepanggar naval base in Sabah between last Friday and Monday.

The RMN chief, Admiral Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin, said: "This is part of our efforts to enhance defence diplomacy and strengthen bilateral relations."

The submarine was returning to China after conducting escort missions in the Gulf of Aden, according to defence magazine Jane's 360.

China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, the Philippines and Taiwan have competing claims in the South China Sea. But Sino-Malaysian tensions over their overlapping claims appear to have eased after Malaysia agreed in November to buy four Chinese naval vessels and pledged with Beijing to handle South China Sea disputes bilaterally.


Jack Ma's roaring entry at Alibaba bash

HANGZHOU • Mr Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, rode a Harley bike and even performed a Michael Jackson-inspired dance at the firm's 18th birthday celebration recently.

Mr Ma, entering the stage on the Harley, wore a gold-and-silver mask and military-style outfit at the Sept 8 party, CNBC reported.

Billionaire faces suit over alleged rape

BEIJING • A former personal assistant to an exiled China-born billionaire, who has made claims of high-level Communist Party corruption, has filed a lawsuit in New York accusing him of raping her, court documents show.

In the civil complaint lodged with the New York Supreme Court on Monday, the 28-year-old woman said she was "lured" by businessman Guo Wengui to New York under the guise of a one-week business trip.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 14, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Subscribe