But despite such a public dispute, Tuesday's joint statement by the foreign ministers said the two sides "underscored the importance of maintaining peace, security and stability, as well as freedom of navigation" in the disputed waters.
The Chinese government's top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, on Tuesday urged Asian countries to remain "vigilant" over the risk of U.S. strategy stoking geopolitical competition in the South China Sea and other parts of the region.
Malaysia has detained six Chinese-registered fishing vessels and 60 Chinese nationals for trespassing into its waters on Friday, in the latest incident in a growing standoff between China and the South East Asian country over the control of the South China Sea.
"While the Covid-19 pandemic still sees no end, it is important for us to plan and discuss early".
The economic cooperation under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative will facilitate Laos economic recovery, noted Wang.
During a joint a news conference, Malaysia's Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said disputes over the South China Sea should be resolved peacefully through regional dialogue.
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"China is willing to work with Malaysia to deepen corporation in Covid-19 response and is willing to provide successfully developed Covid-19 vaccines based on Malaysia's need", Wang told Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin in a virtual meeting, because the Malaysian leader is in home quarantine.
Both countries have agreed to advance China-ASEAN cooperation.
"China and ASEAN have full capacity and wisdom, as well as responsibility, to maintain peace and tranquillity in (the) South China Sea".
China's aggressive moves to assert its territorial claims in the South China Sea, through which a third of global shipping passes, have drawn rebuke from the United States and become a flashpoint for a region in which Southeast Asian nations Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei all have rival claims.
Mr Wang described Washington's Indo-Pacific strategy, which aims to cast the United States as a trustworthy partner in the region, as a "security risk" for East Asia.
"China and Asean should work together to remove external obstruction and continue to implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DoC) and endeavour for the early conclusion of the effective and meaningful CoC", said Wang, who is on a two-day official visit here. Both being developing countries in Asia and representatives of emerging economies, China and Malaysia should jointly uphold and practice multilateralism, oppose hegemony and power politics and jointly promote rejuvenation of Asia and the development of the world, he said.