Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad reviews an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Malacanang Palace in Manila. He is in the Philippines for talks with President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: AFP

I’d side with rich China over fickle US: Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad

  • Malaysia will make its own way in dealing with China’s rise and not take cues from Western scaremongering over Huawei and the belt and road strategy, says PM
  • He spoke to the South China Morning Post in an exclusive interview, his first with overseas media this year
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Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad reviews an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Malacanang Palace in Manila. He is in the Philippines for talks with President Rodrigo Duterte. 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.