The new government has clearly demonstrated that it has not forsaken its partners — particularly China.
His trip to Malaysia, the first by a top Chinese leader after the new Malaysian government was formed, has caught wide attention.
As Wang said, "China-Malaysia relations are standing at a new historical starting point. They are able to overcome challenges and jointly start a new chapter in bilateral relations. Mahathir Mohamad, 93, became the new prime minister and formed a majority government along with the Sabah Heritage Party.
As Mahathir and his new government are keen to develop relations with China, the political shift in Malaysia indeed means a new starting point other than challenges for Sino-Malaysian relations.
The starting point can be interpreted in the following ways. First, while maintaining cooperation, China and Malaysia will renegotiate problems in bilateral projects that cropped up during the course of their progress. Mahathir said before winning the election that he would review Chinese investment projects once elected prime minister.
He has kept the promise, reiterating that his government was entitled to study the unfair terms in the contracts and renegotiate some, if necessary. So far, Chinese-backed projects such as the East Coast Railway Link have been suspended as the new Malaysian government implements its election promise.
Mahathir does not want cooperation contracts with other countries to contain unfair terms for Malaysia. By reviewing China-related projects and contracts, he intends to rectify the problems and get rid of the "unfair" parts.
This may also be a chance for China and Malaysia to address differences. Second, the new starting point means Sino-Malaysian ties will keep moving forward with adjustments. That means the new government may strive to balance ties with Beijing.
The new starting point also refers to fresh goals in Sino-Malaysian regional and international collaboration. Apart from emphasizing pragmatism, Mahathir is also passionate about advocating "Asian values. Being located at the intersection of land and sea, Malaysia can play a crucial role in the initiative.
Mahathir has himself said that he "supports" the initiative and wanted to "make best use" of it. Mahathir is for balance in cooperation with other nations. Sino-Malaysian consensus in regional cooperation outweighs divergences.
The two countries believe that they should jointly promote the formation of the East Asia Economic Community, and safeguard the unity and legitimate development rights of emerging economies.
There may be quite a few challenges ahead, but China and Malaysia are now standing on a new starting point for continuing their friendly and cooperative journey. For both nations, it is an opportunity to take their relationship to a new level.
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Accusations that China is now sheltering the fugitive businessman do not bode well for relations, which look unlikely to improve any time soon.
China is harbouring Jho Low. Low was charged in absentia last month amid embezzlement allegations connected to Malaysia’s now-defunct state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). The fund’s debts and losses are said to total a whopping $10 billion.