Mahathir predicts China domino effect

Daniel Fowler
November 13, 2018

"The trade tension between the two world powers is bound to create a domino effect that will affect trade reactions and will be a reason for other developed countries to adopt protective measures against developing countries, including the ASEAN countries", Mahathir said.

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad broke ASEAN's normally cordial protocols by telling reporters Aung San Suu Kyi was "defending the indefensible" by not speaking up for the Rohingya - hundreds of thousands of whom were driven into Bangladesh in a bloody purge previous year.

"I still hope we can hold talks based on mutual respect, balance and mutual benefits to resolve the issue".

For the first time, the United States called on China to remove missiles it deployed on three fortified outposts it built in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

A review of India-Asean ties, participation in East Asia and RCEP summits and a meeting with US Vice-President Mike Pence will be among the highlights of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two-day visit to Singapore starting Wednesday.

He said the worldwide order is "at a turning point" and it's unclear if the rules of the global system that have underpinned the region's peace and growing wealth will survive.

Returning to the theme as the leaders sat down to dinner, he said: "Countries are becoming insular, retreating from multilateralism and globalisation, which has been the cornerstone of ASEAN peace and stability".

Wide differences in antibiotic use between countries
It directs all hospitals and health-care centres to do their best to keep infection and other sanitation-related problems at bay. One effective way of protecting human health is by reducing the chances of resistance developing among microbes in animals.

The deal was given extra impetus after Trump pulled the U.S. out of the rival Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

"For Malaysia, free trade must also mean fair trade, taking into account the economic levels of all trading partners".

While in Singapore, Moon also plans to attend regional free trade talks, known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, involving the 10 ASEAN nations, South Korea, China, Japan, Australia, India and New Zealand. "There is a big likelihood, and we even would like to have conclusion and signing by next year as well".

China and ASEAN agreed in August on a working text to continue long drawn-out negotiations over the code of conduct.

At the meetings, ASEAN and China will try to make headway in negotiations for a code of conduct for the South China Sea, which Beijing claims nearly in its entirety while ASEAN members Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei claim parts of the area. Vietnam calls the waters the East Sea.

Both US and China committed to supporting peace and stability in the South China Sea, the peaceful resolution of disputes, and freedom of navigation and overflight and other lawful uses of the sea in accordance with global law during the dialogue, it added.The US takes no sides in the territorial disputes in the South China Sea but has expressed interest in the peaceful settlement of the rival claims.

According to the ASEAN department which is under Foreign Affairs Ministry, during the ASEAN and APEC meeting, the State Counsellor will speak with global leaders about increased cooperation, trade and investment, defense and security, among other issues.

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