Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak hands to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong a painting of them both eating durian. Photo: AFP

Whiff of discontent in Singapore as Malaysia courts Chinese market for its durian

The time is ripe for Malaysian durian growers to enter the Chinese market – but that’s an unpalatable development for Thailand and Singapore

Topic |   China economy

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak hands to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong a painting of them both eating durian. Photo: AFP
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Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan is Asia Correspondent for the SCMP, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.