Malaysia’s Outreach to China Is No Threat to Ties With the U.S.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Diaoyutai state guesthouse, Beijing, Nov. 3, 2016 (AP photo by Jason Lee).
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Diaoyutai state guesthouse, Beijing, Nov. 3, 2016 (AP photo by Jason Lee).

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak visited China last month, where he signed a series of deals, including a significant defense agreement, raising concerns that Malaysia could be “separating” from its partnership with the United States. In an email interview, Yang Razali Kassim, a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, discusses Malaysia’s ties with China. WPR: What is the nature and extent of economic and military ties between Malaysia and China, how have ties evolved in recent years, and what impact has the South China Sea disputes had on them? Yang Razali Kassim: Economic ties […]

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