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THE Association for Community and Dialogue (ACID) condemns the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia for setting up a trilateral security partnership aimed at confronting China, which will include helping Australia to build nuclear-powered submarines.
ACID is of the view that this hegemonic strategy would place the South China Sea and Indo Pacific region as whole into cold war territory, a recipe for a nuclear arms race, geopolitical proxy wars and possible all-out conflict between China and the United States in the future.
The initiative, called Aukus, was announced jointly by US president Joe Biden and prime ministers Boris Johnson and Scott Morrison, joined virtually by videoconference. They presented it as the next critical step in an old alliance.
The Aukus alliance is unjust because it is based on exclusive grouping that tends to dictate policies in the Indo Pacific which will surely be resisted by countries in the region that value their independence.
Furthermore, by bringing in nuclear-powered submarines, it reveals a deep-seated contempt for the survival of humanity.
It is disappointing that such an alliance to counter and compete with China does not take into consideration the lessons learn from the Covid 19 epidemic that requires more collaboration among nations to resolve deep-seated structural inequality and injustice in the global system.
There has been a failure among the rich nations and the developing ones to prioritised common human needs related to health care, social economic justice and the preservation of the environment.
The millions of deaths due to Covid-19 is a testimony of global failures to protect humanity.
It’s time the Malaysian ruling coalition and Pakatan Harapan take a joint stand in Parliament against this exclusive and unjust alliance.
Malaysia must make it clear that it is not aligned to China or the US and both these nations should adhere to international law and the principle of common good in resolving disputes.
The world does not need a military or economic alliance that tends to be exclusive. We should learn from the tragedies besetting countries in West Asia that allowed global powers to dictate policies in the region.
* Ronald Benjamin is the secretary of the Association for Community and Dialogue.
* This is the opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insight.