Wu Shang-Su

Research Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)

Dr Wu Shang-Su is a research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS). He obtained his PhD from the New South Wales University in Australia and his master's degree in international relations from tha National Taiwan Unversity. Prior to joining RSIS, he was with the National Defense University and the Legislative Yuan in Taiwan. His areas of expertise include small states' security; security issues of Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Taiwan; and the People's Liberation Army.

 

This handout photo from the Royal Malaysian Air Force taken on 31 May 2021 and released on 1 June shows a Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Xian Y-20 aircraft that Malaysian authorities said was in the airspace over Malaysia's maritime zone near the coast of Sarawak state on Borneo island. (Handout/Royal Malaysian Air Force/AFP)

Can Malaysia handle intrusions by the Chinese air force?

The 31 May incident, in which 16 Chinese military planes entered the airspace above Malaysia’s exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea, raises questions about Malaysia's ability to handle such occurrences in the future, says RSIS researcher Wu Shang-Su. He takes a hard look at Malaysia’s airpower capabilities.