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Malaysia Keeps Its Options Open

Nov 14, 2016 | 09:30 GMT
Malaysia Keeps Its Options Open
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's (R) recent visit to Beijing exemplifies Malaysia's strategy, which has been shaped to accommodate China's growing clout and uncertainty over the direction of U.S. policy in the Western Pacific.
(WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

As with many countries in the region, Malaysia's domestic political issues are driving it closer to China. But bigger forces are also at play. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's visit exemplifies Malaysia's strategy, adapted to accommodate China's growing clout and the deepening uncertainty over the direction of U.S. policy in the Western Pacific. Though the changes reflect an emerging paradigm for Southeast Asia and China, they do not portend a substantial shift away from the West....

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