Lunch Seminar: Cascading concerns about China-ASEAN deals: The Case of Malaysia
Welcome to the Network for Asian Studies' lunch seminar on China-ASEAN relations, with a focus on Malaysia and the Mahathir administration.
Recent developments in Sri Lanka have triggered a wider critical reconsideration of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in countries such as Malaysia and Myanmar, but also in the wider ASEAN region. Malaysia earlier enjoyed warm ties with China under former Prime Minister Najib Razak, a relationship that led to generous port deals and debt-intensive railway and High Speed Rail hopes; in contrast, the newly elected Mahathir administration has called a temporary halt to a select number of mega-projects with reference to its USD 250 million fiscal debt woes. In this talk, Yu Leng Khor analyses the nature of the relations reboot under Prime Minister Mahathir and its wider implications for China-ASEAN relations and the BRI.
Yu Leng KHOR is a commercial economist and Research Associate at the Institute of China Studies of University Malaya, Associate Fellow (Sustainability) at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, and a former Visiting Fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.
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