Understanding Mahathir’s China Policy

The Campaign

Mahathir was very sharp when it comes to Najib’s deals with China, such as the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL). Other than that, Mahathir’s bloc also harshly criticized Najib for the “reckless” deal involving some pipelines and other major infrastructure in the country.

After Mahathir is Elected

Mahathir is very careful when it comes to his approach to China. Understanding that China is now a much bigger country than it was when he was in office for his first term as the Prime Minister, Mahathir does not want to piss China off.

On Huawei

Mahathir also turned its back against the United States, to side with China in regards to the trade dispute between world’s two biggest economies.



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Angelo Wijaya

Angelo Wijaya

International Relations enthusiast