Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Photo: AP
Julia Roknifard
Opinion

Opinion

Julia Roknifard

Mahathir’s belt and road balancing act confirms Malaysia’s ‘middle power’ ambitions

  • 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
  • Malaysia is not in a position to deliver the project on its own and is therefore inclined to stick with China, its largest trading partner

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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Photo: AP
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