China and Malaysia Sign Agreement on Navy Vessels

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak and China's Premier Li Keqiang attend a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, China, November 1, 2016. (Reuters Photo/Jason Lee)

By : Sue-Lin Wong | on 8:06 PM November 01, 2016
Category : International, Asia-Pacific

Beijing. China and Malaysia signed 14 agreements on Tuesday (01/11), including one on navy vessels, after a meeting between Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

The agreement on the joint development of the vessels, known as littoral mission ships, was announced at a signing ceremony at Beijing's Great Hall of the People.

Last week, Malaysia's defense ministry said in a posting on social media that the country would sign a contract to purchase patrol vessels from China during Najib's visit, but the post was later removed.

The deal could mark Malaysia's first significant defense deal with China at a time of rising tension in the South China Sea and as the United States and China compete for influence in the region.

Reuters

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