Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was typically forthright in today’s BBC interview. Photo: AP

Is China’s belt and road colonialism? Mahathir: not at all

Malaysian prime minister denies his comments on free trade during a visit to Beijing were a dig at its rising economic influence – but sticks to his objections against Forest City and his description of Jews as ‘hook-nosed’

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Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was typically forthright in today’s BBC interview. Photo: AP
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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.