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MANILA - China has given a positive response to reduce tension in South China Sea, including freedom to sail and fly in the disputed area.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said his counterpart from China, Li Keqiang had during the ASEAN-China summit today said South China Sea will become an "anchor of peace and stability" claiming China would not use any military force.

"What is important is that in the issue of South China Sea, China are more positive. He does not want the area to be filled with tension. Their commitment to ensure peace in the region has not changed," he told Malaysian reporters after attending the ASEAN meeting with nine other dialogue partners on Monday.

Also present was Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.

Najib said Li Keqiang during the summit had also said China was ready to resume talks to finalise the Code of Conduct (CoC) related to the South China Sea issue.

"Any difference in opinion must be managed in a positive and constructive manner based on the rule of law, maximum self restraint and not use force or threats," he said.

The idea of CoC came about following a counter claim over areas in the South China Sea, especially between China

HONG KONG - The future looks promising for Asia as regional connectivity improves and gives birth to new trade and investment opportunities, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pic) said.

The Transport Minister said Asian nations are expected to grow at a rate higher than the World Bank's global growth projection of 2.7%.

"For example, Malaysia has been forecasted to grow at 5.2% while China's growth is projected at 6.7%.

"This is the age of Asia," he said.

Enhanced transport infrastructure, he

KOTA KINABALU - Parti Warisan Sabah President Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal has been told to stop ranting about the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), which is carrying out an investigation into alleged corruption involving the Rural and Regional Development Ministry, which he once headed.

Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman said the graft busters should be allowed to conduct their official probe without the impediment of Shafie’s public tirades.

Musa added that he himself has not said

BUTTERWORTH - The number of flood victims evacuated in Seberang Perai Tengah (SPT) district stands at 2,119. This is compared to 1,944 people recorded at 10pm yesterday.

The worsening situation is believed to be caused by the high tide which came in after midnight.

District police chief Assistant Commissioner Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abd Hamid said all flood victims have been placed at 27 flood relief centres which were opened since Saturday.

“The victims are from 449 families.

“Also, there is a

KUALA LUMPUR - The seven-day royal visit by Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall which ended yesterday, reflected the long-standing close and cordial ties between the United Kingdom (UK) and Malaysia.

Despite being a former British colony, Malaysia has maintained a good relationship with the UK in all aspects, sixty years after achieving independence in 1957, and both countries continue to maintain mutual respect for each other.

Bilateral relations

TASEK GELUGOR - The Federal Government has approved RM150mil for flood mitigation projects to be carried out in Penang.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the Government is willing to top up allocation for 13 projects which have been identified by the Penang Drainage and Irrigation Department costing RM1bil.

“We will top up the allocation, bearing in mind the seriousness of what has happened.

“But the actual amount will be subjected to further discussion between the Federal and

DURING the Korean Thanksgiving holidays in early October, the airport was flooded with people leaving the country in huge waves.

So where were these people going? In fact, the number one travel destination for the South Korean people was once again, Asean. More than 600,000 people travelled to Asean during the holiday.

To South Korea, Asean is a very close partner and neighbour, and the two sides have close cooperation and exchange in a variety of areas.

Asean and South Korea became dialogue

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