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Malaysia Leader Pushes ‘Active Neutrality’ Strategy Toward U.S and China

Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim speaks during the “The Global Economy and the State of the World” conversation at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Week in San Francisco, California, on November 15, 2023. ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP

China and the U.S. can both be economic partners and friends of Malaysia, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said at this week’s APEC summit, adding that a Cold War view of the world must end.

Malaysia is not tilting towards China but is simply geographically closer to the country, which he called a friend and ally.

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