Posted Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 9:52pm
Over the past several decades, the economic and financial relationship between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing has grown considerably, with clear political implications that have become more pronounced over the past few years. Moreover, Malaysia’s position along the Strait of Malacca increases the stature bestowed on the country by Beijing as a valued strategic partner.
Posted Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 5:44pm
Under both the previous President, Susilo Bamband Yudhoyono (2005 to 2013), and his successor and current President, Joko Widodo, Indonesia has avoided confrontation and sought to remain removed from simmering regional conflicts, most notably those involving disputed territories in the South China Sea. This period has seen dramatic growth in the levels of bilateral trade and investment (although China still lags behind Japan).
Posted Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 5:28pm
Foreign aid makes up 30% to 40% of Cambodia’s annual budget, the majority of which comes from China in the form of low-cost financing provided by state-owned banks with conditions that typically lead to contracts for Chinese state-owned enterprises. Whether classified as aid, trade or investment, China is considered to be Cambodia’s largest trading partner, its most significant source of FDI and its largest supplier of military support. ...