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MENTERI LUAR NEGERI, YB DATO’ SRI ANIFAH HAJI AMAN MENGADAKAN PERBINCANGAN BERSAMA MENTERI PERUNDANGAN EMIRIAH ARAB BERSATU (UAE),TYT SULTAN SAEED AL BADI, BERHUBUNG KES ENCIK RICHARD LAU DI DUBAI, EMIRIAH ARAB BERSATU

Menteri Luar Negeri Malaysia, YB Dato’ Sri Anifah Haji Aman telah mengadakan perbincangan bersama Menteri Perundangan Emiriah Arab Bersatu (UAE) TYT Sultan Saeed Al Badi di Hotel Al Naseem Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE pada 12 Februari 2018. Kehadiran YB Menteri Luar Negeri ke perbincangan tersebut diiringi oleh TYT Duta Besar Malaysia ke UAE, Konsul Jeneral Malaysia di Dubai serta pegawai-pegawai dari Konsulat Jeneral Malaysia di Dubai. Pegawai-pegawai tertinggi dari Kementerian Perundangan UAE turut terlibat dalam perbincangan selama 30 minit tersebut.

Tujuan YB Menteri Luar Negeri berjumpa dengan TYT Menteri Perundangan UAE adalah untuk memohon bantuan dan kerjasama kerajaan UAE dalam menyelesaikan dengan segera isu berkaitan penahanan Encik Richard Lau. Semasa sesi perbincangan berkenaan, TYT Menteri Perundangan UAE telah memaklumkan bahawa Kerajaan UAE akan membantu bagi menyelesaikan kes berkenaan yang berlarutan selama 10 bulan mengikut lunas undang-undang UAE. YB Menteri Luar Negeri turut merakamkan penghargaan di atas komitmen dan kesediaan Kerajaan UAE dalam membantu menyelesaikan kes berkenaan dengan segera.

Di samping itu, YB Menteri Luar Negeri dijangka akan melakukan Lawatan Konsular ke atas Encik Richard Lau di Penjara Pusat, Ras Al Khaimah pada 14 Februari 2018. Pertemuan tersebut akan diaturkan oleh Kementerian Luar Negeri UAE dan Kementerian Perundangan UAE.

Pada ketika ini, kes tahanan reman EncikRichard Lau masih lagi berlanjutan sejak 27 April 2017. Siasatan sedang giat dijalankan oleh pihak berkuasa tempatan dan difahamkan pihak pendakwa raya sedang mengumpul bukti-bukti transaksi di dalam akaun milik Encik Richard Lau.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia

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China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) plan to hold maritime drills later this year in a move security analysts said could be Beijing's way of consolidating power as it moves forward with militarization efforts in the South China Sea.

The two sides announced the agreement earlier this week in Singapore, which hosted defense ministers from the region and Chinese Gen. Chang Wanquan.

A joint statement said while all parties agreed terrorism remained the key challenge in the region, participants reaffirmed the importance of coming up with a code to prevent unplanned encounters on the sea and air.

In particular, the ministers discussed ways to improve practical cooperation and welcomed the conduct of an inaugural ASEAN-China Maritime Exercise at the end of this year, the statement said without announcing a date for the drills.

Sources said tabletop exercises could take place sometimes in October followed by naval exercises involving one of the 10 ASEAN nations later in the year.

The Philippines, which hosted ASEAN meetings last year and appears to have improving ties with Beijing, could be tapped for the inaugural drills, according to a foreign department source who requested anonymity.

Beijing proposed drills three years ago, but some ASEAN members had expressed apprehension because of rising tensions in the South China Sea.

China claims much of the region while rival Taiwan and ASEAN countries Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippine and Vietnam have their own stakes in the South China. In 2016, the Hague-Based Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled in favor of the Philippines in its challenge to China's efforts in the region.

China has rejected the ruling and continues to expand structures including landing strips on islands it has claimed.

One of President Rodrigo Duterte's first official acts after taking office in June 2016 was a state visit to Beijing in what was seen as a gesture to improve relations with the regional giant.

Hegemony

On Friday, Richard Javad Heydarian, a political analyst at Manila's De La Salle University, said China is moving toward appeasing the South China Sea claimants even as it continues with its vast expansion.

Clearly the Chinese strategy is to seek and secure acquiescence of ASEAN through confidence-building measures and non-ending talks on the Code of Conduct � with most Southeast Asian countries including the Philippines � embracing strategic fatalism amid China's emerging hegemony, he told BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service.

China, Heydarian said, is banking on its overwhelming military supremacy over smaller Southeast Asian states who can gain massive economic benefits if they dropped their antagonistic stance.

Clearly, it's working wonders in Duterte's Philippines, he said, referring to millions of dollars in pledges and contracts from the Chinese side.

In China's view, domination of that area is key to keeping America's naval prowess and footprint in adjacent waters in check, he said.

Benham Rise

Duterte recently demanded a stop to all foreign explorations in the Benham Rise, a mineral-rich undersea region in the Pacific Ocean after learning a Chinese research vessel was granted access.

The Philippines recently laid claim to the region, where it has been carrying out research studies to map out its resources.

Heydarian said that apart from area having major aquatic and mineral resources, gaining access and control there could be key for China to monitor American submarine movement.

They want to protect their burgeoning submarine capacity, which is still vulnerable to western and Japanese technology, he said.

Roilo Golez, the country's ex-national security adviser, urged the government to closely guard the Benham Rise, noting that Beijing was scouting for new sources of energy to power its economy forward.

He warned Chinese submarines could travel to the area undetected constituting a threat to the security of the Philippines and our allies in the western Pacific.

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