Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: AP

Japan honours Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad, hoping for an ally in checking China’s influence

  • Mahathir’s firm approach when dealing with China is in contrast to Asean member states’ largely positive responses to China’s economic might
  • Tokyo also hopes Malaysia will support its push for freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, the focal point for several territorial disputes
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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: AP
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