KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has offered China the port of Kota Kinabalu as a stopover location to strengthen defence ties between the two countries.
RMN Chief Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar said the matter was mentioned iduring a courtesy call by a top Chinese Navy delegation on him today.
“Prior to this, the port of Kota Kinabalu had also received the visits of the United States and French naval ships.
“The enhanced defence relations between RMN and the Chinese Navy is a move to overcome problems and issues relating to overlapping border claims.”
He told reporters after receiving the courtesy call by the Commander of People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Admiral Wu Shengli and 11 senior officials, who are on a three-day visit to Malaysia.
Abdul Aziz said the move was in line with the government’s aspiration to adopt the best solution to secure peace and security in South China Sea.
“This is an opportunity for us to learn from their methods of operation and getting to know more of their submarines which will be docking here.
“We could learn more about foreign submarine operation from them,” he said.
After the courtesy call, a special guard of honour parade was held at Dataran Wisma Pertahanan in conjunction with the retirement of Abdul Aziz on November 18.
Abdul Aziz took the post of navy chief on April 1, 2008. — BERNAMA