China was commissioned to build four littoral mission ships for Malaysia. Photo: Royal Malaysian Navy/Facebook China was commissioned to build four littoral mission ships for Malaysia. Photo: Royal Malaysian Navy/Facebook
China was commissioned to build four littoral mission ships for Malaysia. Photo: Royal Malaysian Navy/Facebook
Ngeow Chow-Bing
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Ngeow Chow-Bing

Malaysia-China defence ties cool amid political changes and South China Sea tensions

  • Malaysia’s defence cooperation with China reached a peak in 2017 under Najib Razak’s leadership, despite Malaysia being a South China Sea claimant
  • But almost five years on, defence officials have cooled on the value of bilateral defence ties, amid Beijing’s growing assertiveness in the contested sea

China was commissioned to build four littoral mission ships for Malaysia. Photo: Royal Malaysian Navy/Facebook China was commissioned to build four littoral mission ships for Malaysia. Photo: Royal Malaysian Navy/Facebook
China was commissioned to build four littoral mission ships for Malaysia. Photo: Royal Malaysian Navy/Facebook
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Ngeow Chow-Bing

Ngeow Chow-Bing

Ngeow Chow-Bing is Director of the Institute of China Studies at the University of Malaya.