Malaysia summons China ambassador over South China Sea vessels

Malaysia says Chinese ships, together with a survey vessel, entered its unique financial zone off Borneo.

Malaysia has mentioned it has summoned China’s ambassador to protest in opposition to the “presence and activities” of Chinese vessels in Kuala Lumpur’s unique financial zone (EEZ) within the South China Sea off the island of Borneo.

Chinese vessels, together with a survey boat, had been working off the coasts of the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak in contravention of 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs mentioned in an announcement late on Monday.

It didn’t elaborate on the variety of ships concerned or say when the incident passed off.

“Malaysia’s consistent position and actions are based on international law, in defence of our sovereignty and sovereign rights in our waters,” the assertion mentioned. “Malaysia had also protested against the previous encroachments by other foreign vessels in our waters.”

Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Brunei declare components of the South China Sea off their coasts, whereas China claims almost the complete space underneath the so-called nine-dash line that the worldwide courtroom dominated to be with out foundation in 2016.

In current years Beijing has stepped up its actions within the disputed waters, constructing synthetic islands, organising navy outposts on rocky outcrops and islets and deploying huge fishing fleets and ships from its maritime militia.

Last yr, Malaysia and China had been concerned in a months-long standoff within the sea off Sarawak the place Petronas, Malaysia’s nationwide oil firm, was exploring for oil and fuel. China additionally despatched a survey ship to the world on that event.

According to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative China has 27 outposts within the disputed waters and in addition controls Scarborough Shoal, which it seized from the Philippines in 2012.

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