Rohingya crisis, rise of Islamic State, conflict in Kashmir, Chinese treatment of Uygurs and years of bloodshed in Syria and Yemen were largely avoided.
Some observers suggest Malaysia has plenty of room to move in negotiations with China. In reality, it finds itself in a tight spot with limited options.
Since the fall of former PM Najib Razak, Malaysia has changed course on its relations with Riyadh. So why does it want the Saudi royal to visit?