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Chinese military personnel during a visit in Malaysia for joint exercises

Malaysia inches closer to China

Malaysia, which traditionally has depended on the United States for defense and security, is gradually tightening its economic and military links with China. It would be premature to predict a geopolitical realignment at this stage, since the pro-China policy trend can be reversed by the next government in Kuala Lumpur. But the process is indicative of a generalized and growing uncertainty in Southeast Asia.

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