ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Malaysia pushes for multilateral talks
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had suggested that the countries concerned create multilateral discussions rather than bilateral talks.
"If we may translate the suggestion, we would like to explore the natural resources, in particular hydrocarbon, to be shared among the claimant countries.
"A special purpose vehicle can be created to share not only in terms of equity participation but also in terms of sharing the exploration of the natural resources," he said at the question-and-answer session on the final day of the 10th IISS Asia Security Summit - The Shangri-La Dialogue, here, Sunday.
Brunei, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam all have a stake on the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Of these countries, only Brunei lacks a military presence in the area.
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