Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing in August. Photo: AFP

‘Nice Chinese’ hamper Malaysian hard bargaining over US$20 billion East Coast Rail Link

It’s ‘difficult to make hard decisions’ on controversial US$20 billion East Coast Rail Link project, Malaysian finance minister says, because the negotiators are so ‘cooperative … not like those arrogant superpowers’

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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing in August. 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.