Royal Malaysian Navy chief Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar, in comments published by the New Straits Times today, said the Chinese exercise, involving its newly-commissioned aircraft carrier and a submarine, took place 1,000 nautical miles away from Malaysia’s 200 nautical mile economic exlusion zone.
“There has been no act of provocation on the part of the Chinese or threat to our sovereignty as they are conducting their exercise in international waters,” the pro-government newspaper quoted him as saying.
Territorial waters extend up to 12 nautical miles (22.2km) from shore, after which the rest are international waters. Hence, the Chinese military may well have been at James Shoal, which is 80km off the coast, and still be in international waters, in a repeat of what took place last year.
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