Malaysia ‘Playing It Safe’ With Its South China Sea Policy

Malaysia ‘Playing It Safe’ With Its South China Sea Policy
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak atthe 48th ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Aug. 4, 2015 (AP photo by Vincent Thian).

Editor's note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on the South China Sea territorial disputes and the various claimant countries' approaches to addressing them.

Last November, Malaysia’s deputy prime minister spoke out against China’s aggressive behavior in the South China Sea and questioned Beijing’s historical claims to the region. In an email interview, Prashanth Parameswaran, an associate editor at The Diplomat, discussed Malaysia’s defense of its South China Sea claims.

WPR: What are Malaysia's territorial claims in the South China Sea, and with what other countries do they overlap or conflict?

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