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China shouldn't emulate Russia in South China Sea: Malaysia PM

Ismail Sabri says AUKUS alliance sets risky nuclear precedent

Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob speaks with Nikkei in an exclusive interview on May 26. "Supplying weapons to Ukraine to continue the war will not solve anything," he said. (Photo by Kosuke Imamura) 

TOKYO -- China should not take any cues from Russia's invasion of Ukraine to attempt further advances in the disputed South China Sea, Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob stressed in an exclusive interview.

"We hope China doesn't take advantage of what is happening between Russia and Ukraine," Ismail Sabri told Nikkei in his first interview with international media since he became prime minister last August. "Not only China but all other major powers should not take advantage in the South China Sea."

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