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China, Malaysia to Hold First-Ever Military Drills

FILE - Members of Malaysia's maritime forces march during National Day celebrations marking the 56th anniversary of the country's independence, at Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur, August 31, 2013.
FILE - Members of Malaysia's maritime forces march during National Day celebrations marking the 56th anniversary of the country's independence, at Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur, August 31, 2013.
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China and Malaysia, which have competing territorial claims, have agreed to hold landmark military drills next year.

Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein made the announcement Wednesday during a three-day official visit to Beijing.

Hussein said it is the first time the two countries have held joint military exercises since establishing formal defense ties in 2005.

Malaysia and China both claim parts of the resource-laden South China Sea, as do the Philippines, Vietnam, and Taiwan.

China is accused by many of aggressively defending its claims to almost the entire 3.5 million-square-kilometer area.

But Malaysia, which enjoys strong economic ties with China, has been more muted in its criticism of Beijing's activities there.

Hussein's statement gave little information on the drills, but said they were part of wider efforts to expand defense ties with China.

The statement comes after Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed similar sentiments about military cooperation during a visit to Malaysia this month.

Hussein also said he has invited Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan to visit a Malaysian naval base in the South China Sea.

He said the visit is aimed at starting "direct contact" between Malaysia's naval forces and China's South Sea Fleet.

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by: peterchin from: ipoh
November 05, 2013 7:44 AM
Yeah..please read book titled 'the chinese dilemma'

by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
October 30, 2013 10:31 AM
Very wise move China! Both Vietnam and Malaysia come to a closer tie with China. Seems only Philippines is left behind, lol I bet Philippine is shaking now.
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by: nkkhoo from: Malaysia
October 30, 2013 6:57 PM
China got no real friends. Vietnam did turn against China after America withdrew from Vietnam war.

Only naive Chinese leaders will believe Malay UMNO leaders are their good friend. Go researched to know how Malay racists have treated Malaya Communist party's leader and Malaysian Chinese.
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by: me
October 30, 2013 11:18 AM
not to mention malaysia is mad at the phillipines for turning blind eye at recent sabah bloodfest lol

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