Malaysia doubles down on AUKUS submarine concerns during Wong visit

29/06/2022 12:17:00 AM

Malaysia doubles down on AUKUS submarine concerns during Wong visit | @ChrisBarrett_

Malaysia doubles down on AUKUS submarine concerns during Wong visit | ChrisBarrett_

The south-east Asian nation has joined Indonesia in expressing anxiety about Australia’s nuclear submarine ambitions.

Advertisement Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia has reinforced its concerns about Australia’s plans for a nuclear-powered submarine fleet after a “very candid” discussion between Foreign Minister Penny Wong and her Malaysian counterpart on Tuesday.Advertisement Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia has reinforced its concerns about Australia’s plans for a nuclear-powered submarine fleet after a “very candid” discussion between Foreign Minister Penny Wong and her Malaysian counterpart on Tuesday.deployed then foreign minister Marise Payne to Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia in an effort to smooth over tensions.Australia is set to acquire a fleet of either US or UK nuclear-powered submarines after the former government dumped its $90 billion contract for diesel boats with French manufacturer Naval Group.

The south-east Asian nation joined Indonesia in expressing anxiety about the submarine ambitions soon after the AUKUS three-way defence alliance was announced by US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and then prime minister Scott Morrison in September, fearing it could instigate a regional arms race.Foreign Minister Penny Wong meets with Malaysian counterpart Saifuddin Abdullah on Tuesday.Foreign Minister Penny Wong meets with Malaysian counterpart Saifuddin Abdullah on Tuesday.Credit: Farhan Iqbal Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob also raised alarm last month about the potential knock-on effects of the deal, warning that if China, for example, wanted to help North Korea buy nuclear-propelled submarines “we can’t say no because AUKUS has set a precedent”.” “We want to maintain the South China Sea in particular and the region as a whole as a region of peace, of commerce, of prosperity.On Tuesday, as Wong made her first visit to the country of her birth as Australia’s top diplomat, the issue was back on the agenda.On Tuesday, as Wong made her first visit to the country of her birth as Australia’s top diplomat, the issue was back on the agenda.“We had a very candid discussion on AUKUS just now,” Malaysia Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said.Offer ends 31 October, 2022 But Mr Dutton – who was defence minister at the time AUKUS was signed – said the procurement of nuclear submarines was the “security underpinning” for Australia for the next half century.

“I thank the foreign minister for explaining the current government’s position.“I thank the foreign minister for explaining the current government’s position.I have mentioned that to the foreign minister.Malaysia’s position remains the same.This I have mentioned to the foreign minister.This I have mentioned to the foreign minister.” Australia is yet to decide how its nuclear-powered submarine program will be rolled out in practice and how it will fill a looming capability gap caused by its ageing Collins-class fleet.She also visited Vietnam before arriving in Malaysia for Tuesday’s meeting with Saifuddin.Ageing fleet: A Collins Class submarine at sea.Ageing fleet: A Collins Class submarine at sea.New Opposition Leader Peter Dutton leaving a NSW Liberal Party meeting in Sydney on Sunday.

Credit: There has been a level of acceptance in some corners of south-east Asia about Australia acquiring nuclear technology from either the United States or Britain.Philippine Foreign Secretary Teddy Locsin jnr has backed the pact and Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto – a likely presidential candidate again when elections are next held in 2024 – has also adopted a more phlegmatic approach than the official Indonesian line, saying he understands the need of countries to protect their national interests.Philippine Foreign Secretary Teddy Locsin jnr has backed the pact and Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto – a likely presidential candidate again when elections are next held in 2024 – has also adopted a more phlegmatic approach than the official Indonesian line, saying he understands the need of countries to protect their national interests.” Wong said Labor had taken the decision to support the Aukus pact while in opposition, and she said Australia had no nuclear ambitions.Advertisement Wary of heightening the risk of conflict in the Indo-Pacific, Malaysia has not budged from its stance, though, with Ismail telling the Japanese newspaper Nikkei last month that “on nuclear-powered submarines, we are worried if some other major economies take advantage of AUKUS”.Foreign Minister Penny Wong with Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Tuesday.Foreign Minister Penny Wong with Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Tuesday.Credit: AFR The deal was inherited by the Labor government but after flying to Kuala Lumpur from Hanoi, where she had met with Vietnamese leaders on Monday, Wong stressed that Australia’s submarine goals were aligned with a commitment to a stable and peaceful region where sovereignty was respected.” “What we are doing is replacing an existing capability with a new capability, and that is nuclear-propelled submarines.“They’ll be looking at the figures where there’s a considerable expense … and they will be saying ‘oh we can’t afford to do that and how do we get out of it’,” he said.

“We are not a nuclear power.“We are not a nuclear power.There are nuclear powers in this region but Australia is not one of them,” she said.“What we are doing is replacing an existing capability with a new capability and that is nuclear-powered submarines.“What we are doing is replacing an existing capability with a new capability and that is nuclear-powered submarines.She said Australia’s objective was not to meet aggression with aggression, but rather bolster the rules-based order.“I have appreciated the opportunity to explain how we see AUKUS to the [Malaysian] foreign minister and to other counterparts in the visit I have made.It is important that we listen to concerns, that we respond to them respectfully.It is important that we listen to concerns, that we respond to them respectfully.

We hope that over time people’s concerns will be able to be allayed.While Wong is in Asia, Albanese has begun a series of meetings with foreign counterparts in Madrid as part of the Nato summit.” Wong and her counterpart also discussed the human rights crisis in Myanmar, on which Malaysia has taken a lead role on in urging regional action.” Wong and her counterpart also discussed the human rights crisis in Myanmar, on which Malaysia has taken a lead role on in urging regional action.Loading Wong is on her second visit to south-east Asia in the less than six weeks since Labor returned to government, having accompanied Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to Indonesia.She has also made three trips to the Pacific in that time.She has also made three trips to the Pacific in that time.Ahead of the visit, the Australian government agreed to pay €550m (A$830m) over the former Morrison government’s controversial decision to ditch the French attack class submarine project when it signed the Aukus pact.Australia and Malaysia are long-time security partners including as part of the Five Power Defence Arrangements group, which also includes Britain, Singapore and New Zealand.

As well as regional security and defence cooperation, Saifuddin said he and Wong had discussed working closer together on cybersecurity and on the digital economy.As well as regional security and defence cooperation, Saifuddin said he and Wong had discussed working closer together on cybersecurity and on the digital economy.On Wednesday Wong will also meet with Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein and Trade Minister Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali before travelling to Kota Kinabalu, the Malaysian city on the island of Borneo where she was born.Loading “As people know, I was born in Kota Kinabalu and it is a very special day for me to come here representing the country I now am living in,” Wong said.Loading “As people know, I was born in Kota Kinabalu and it is a very special day for me to come here representing the country I now am living in,” Wong said.Get a note directly from our foreign correspondents.

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ChrisBarrett_ Who wouldn't? Thanks ScottMorrisonMP for putting your finger on nuke. 😒 ChrisBarrett_ They're caught between a rock and us so I guess we can just ignore it because they have to look like to be doing something for the CCP sake ChrisBarrett_ When was the last time Penny was in Malaysia? Perhaps she was only willing to do so with the protection a political position affords, given Malaysia's strict laws concerning gays and lesbians.

ChrisBarrett_ Minister should ask Malaysia about their experience with the Skorpene submarine. ChrisBarrett_ Another one on a jollly.

Malaysia doubles down on AUKUS submarine concerns during Wong visitThe south-east Asian nation has joined Indonesia in expressing anxiety about Australia’s nuclear submarine ambitions. auspol Why if they are not a threat? Will we attack them? Asia and Asians will never accept a condescending white colonialist outpost as an 'Asian Pacific leader'. Stop acting like and trying to be one bc it's embarrassing.

Malaysian foreign minister says concerns remain about Aukus pact after meeting with Penny WongSaifuddin Abdullah points to risk of regional arms race but pledges increased trade and cooperation on cybersecurity with Australia How can we know if they did or didn’t, Without an Inquiry Albo RIP Kimberly. The AUKUS deal is costing the average Australian family over $10,000. It is much cheaper and safer to help engineer a peaceful world and reduce global conflict escalation. Labor must develop strategies to counter think tanks and defence and security domination of foreign policy. Malaysia is in favor of China to be big brother Is is crazy to fear Aukus when China is the big bully

Dutton lashes Labor for trying to ‘crab-walk’ away from AUKUSOpposition Leader Peter Dutton has lashed out at Richard Marles and said the acting Prime Minister was “preparing the ground” to dump Australia’s future nuclear submarine program. You know what's a travesty to Australia's security? Dutton blurting out secret information on TV that he thought was public 🙄 So we're going there are we? Short memories In 25 Years time , maybe , or maybe Labor are looking at procuring submarines earlier , or heaven forbid , get an aircraft carrier so as to allow for the 1,000 kilometre attack range of the F35’s that his government purchased .

Malaysia doubles down on AUKUS submarine concerns during Wong visitThe south-east Asian nation has joined Indonesia in expressing anxiety about Australia’s nuclear submarine ambitions. auspol Why if they are not a threat? Will we attack them? Asia and Asians will never accept a condescending white colonialist outpost as an 'Asian Pacific leader'. Stop acting like and trying to be one bc it's embarrassing.

Malaysian foreign minister says concerns remain about Aukus pact after meeting with Penny WongSaifuddin Abdullah points to risk of regional arms race but pledges increased trade and cooperation on cybersecurity with Australia How can we know if they did or didn’t, Without an Inquiry Albo RIP Kimberly. The AUKUS deal is costing the average Australian family over $10,000. It is much cheaper and safer to help engineer a peaceful world and reduce global conflict escalation. Labor must develop strategies to counter think tanks and defence and security domination of foreign policy. Malaysia is in favor of China to be big brother Is is crazy to fear Aukus when China is the big bully

'Very special day': Wong 'honoured' to represent Australia in country of birthPenny Wong, who was born in the Malaysian city of Kota Kinabalu, says it is an honour to represent Australia in the place of her birth, amid bilateral talks in South-East Asia. Anywhere but Australia hey labor How many days have this mob governed from home? What a shame she went against same sex marriage- as changed forever whatever she says - easy to talk the talk That’s pretty cool. I’m happy for her. Local kid done good