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Anwar Clarifies Malaysia’s Relations with China: Proximity Not Bias

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim dismissed assertions of Malaysia tilting towards China, emphasizing that the geographical proximity between the two nations establishes a foundation for reliable friendship and collaboration. Speaking at the University of California in Berkeley during a question-and-answer session, Anwar highlighted the significance of the United States as a traditional ally and major investor contributing significantly to Malaysia’s economic growth.

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Anwar clarified Malaysia’s diplomatic stance, stating, “China is our neighbour, an important country, and has matured in terms of its economic vibrancy, and we would benefit immensely as we continue to engage with it.” While acknowledging the cumulative importance of the U.S. as the top investor, he underscored China’s increasing role in Malaysia’s economic landscape.

Addressing concerns about China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, Anwar emphasized ongoing negotiations and successful engagements with China, positioning Malaysia’s approach as collaborative. He noted that the issue was more challenging with other Southeast Asian nations like the Philippines and Vietnam, with Malaysia striving to maintain a regional focus in resolving disputes. Anwar’s statements reflect Malaysia’s commitment to diplomatic engagement, economic cooperation, and a balanced approach in international relations.