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‘Too pro-China’? Li Qiang’s visit spotlights Malaysia’s diplomatic dance

‘Too pro-China’? Li Qiang’s visit spotlights Malaysia’s diplomatic dance
Malaysia wants to ‘profit’ from its China ties, but analysts say it risks losing critical US investments if it gets too close.

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Li Qiang’s visit to Malaysia has brought attention to the delicate diplomatic dance that the country is performing between China and the United States. Malaysia signed deals with China to boost trade and investment, but experts warn that getting too close to China could risk losing critical US investments. The visit highlighted the challenge Malaysia faces in balancing its economic ties with China and its defence and geopolitical interests supported by Western partners. Malaysia’s semiconductor industry, which was established with significant US investments, could be at risk if Malaysia is perceived as aligning too closely with China. The country maintains close defence ties with the US and its allies, and it aims to stay neutral and non-aligned amid the squabble between Beijing and Washington. Malaysia insists on its right to stay neutral and non-aligned as Beijing and Washington squabble. Anwar Ibrahim, a key figure in Malaysian politics, stated that Malaysia will not be drawn into taking sides in other countries’ battles and is resolved to work with all countries and with China. However, experts believe that Malaysia may need more than words to convince the rest of the world that it isn’t under China’s influence.