The simmering tensions between China and a number of other countries over the South China Sea dispute can be addressed by removing warships from the region, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has suggested. He proposed a multi-nation force of small vessels to protect the shipping lanes in the region from pirates.
Mohamad, who recently returned to power, addressed the escalating tensions in the South China Sea, with the US and China taking turns sending warships on patrols through the waterway.
“I think there should not be too many warships. Warships create tension. Someday, somebody might make some mistakes and there will be a fight, some ships will be lost, and there might even be a war. We don’t want that,” he said, in an interview to South China Morning Post (SCMP), the Hing Kong-based English daily.