Hisham: Look beyond ‘childish’ notions to resolve South China Sea disputes


SINGAPORE: Malaysia on Monday called on all parties to “look beyond tired and childish notions of winners and losers” in resolving South China Sea territorial disputes.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein (pic) said Malaysia firmly and unequivocally believed that these disputes can only be resolved through diplomacy and via multilateral institutions such as the Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean).

“Look beyond tired and childish notions of winners and losers for the simple fact that peace is a universal good and not a zero-sum game,” he said in his keynote address at the 2017 Fullerton Forum here.

Hishammuddin said there was a pressing need to finally make progress on long-standing contentious matters like the South China Sea.

“Whether this progress is for good or ill rests solely on the shoulders of the nations of this region and its external partners,” he added.