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Malaysia and China pledge to fight against IS militants

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia and China will work closely to prevent Islamic State (IS) militants from establishing a stronghold in the region, said Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.
The Defence Minister said if IS succeeds in building a base in South-East Asia, it will not only threaten the security and stability in the Asean region, but it will also pose a threat to neighbouring countries, such as China.
"With regards to the threat of the Islamic State, the two countries are closely monitoring the group's recent efforts to strengthen their influence in South-East Asia, especially after they face fierce opposition in Syria and Iraq," he said in a statement on Saturday.
"The incident in Marawi, South Philippines proves that IS militants are indeed aiming to create a regional government in South-East Asia," he said.
Hishamuddin said that regional security issues, IS militant movements, and military cooperation between the two countries will take centre stage during his three-day official visit to China which begins on Saturday.
He is scheduled to meet Secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China Meng Jianzhu, the State Councilor of the People's Republic of China Yang Jiechi and his counterpart General Chang Wanquan to discuss bilateral ties, specifically in military and defence cooperation.
Hishamuddin, who is also Special Functions Minister, added that the progress of the Littoral Mission Ship (LMS) constructed by China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Co. Ltd (CSOC) and Boustead Naval Shipyard is on track and expected to be ready by October 2019.
"This demonstrates the close collaboration between both countries which will continue to be strengthened in areas of security, investment, trade, education and tourism," he added.
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