Malaysia has summoned the Chinese ambassador and denounced the “presence and activities” of Chinese ships in Kuala Lumpur’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off Borneo island.
Malaysia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement saying that Chinese vessels, including a survey boat, were spotted off the Malaysian coasts in Sabah and Sarawak, which breached the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Laws of the Sea (UNCLOS).
The statement did not say how many Chinese vessels were sighted in the area.
The statement said that Malaysia bases on international laws to defend their sovereignty rights, and had reiterated their opposition against previous “encroachments” by other foreign ships in territorial waters.
Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Brunei share parts of the South China Sea off their coasts, but China declared ownership for almost the entire area through a nine-dash line which was deemed baseless by the international court in 2016.
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