Malaysia flags US-China rivalry and jihadist fighters as key threats in first ever defence white paper


The ripple effects of the escalating rivalry between China and the United States were among the security concerns Malaysia flagged on Monday as it unveiled its first ever defence white paper.

Defence minister Mohamad Sabu told lawmakers in parliament that the other key threats facing the country in the next decade included returning jihadist fighters, tensions surrounding the South China Sea dispute, and cyberterrorism.

Tabling the 90-page white paper in the legislature, Mohamad said the document’s purpose was to involve ordinary citizens in defence policymaking discussions and flesh out the country’s strategic outlook as a “bridging linchpin connecting the Asia-Pacific region with the Indian Ocean”. Read More

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