The world need not feel insecure about Asia because the region’s members prefer the security that is guaranteed by economic development, said Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

It was not Asian countries that made the West feel insecure, but the West, he said in his address titled Security problems in Asia and their possible impact on world stability at the First International Conference by the Centre for Defence Information Studies in Havana, Cuba, on Monday.

Asians believed that promoting a prosper-thy-neighbor policy would help to reduce problems from coming into their own countries, he said, adding that Asian powers had not indulged in military adventures for a long time.

However, the United States has been telling Asian countries that they have a serious security problem, he added.

Dr. Mahathir said the United States had convinced Japan and Korea that China was a threat to their security.

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