Now and then: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad visits Beijing in 1996. Photo: Reuters

Mahathir’s date in Beijing shows China ‘can’t be ignored’ by Malaysia

Malaysian prime minister is expected to visit China between August 13 and 21, when he will face a fine balancing act – strengthening ties while renegotiating the multibillion-ringgit deals his government has put on hold

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Now and then: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad visits Beijing in 1996. Photo: Reuters
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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.