Forging good relations with China is not a bad thing, as Malaysia cannot afford to ignore the country, said Centre for Global Affairs Malaysia (Icon) advisor Abdul Razak Baginda.
“China is not only the most dominant country in the world, it’s also the second biggest economy in the world and will soon overtake the United States,” he told journalists at a forum titled Revisiting Democracy: Global and Domestic Trends.
“If you look at the trend, everyone is making a beeline to the Chinese.
“The reality is that we have to dance with the Chinese dragon, and I think what the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) is doing and what (President) Duterte is doing in the Philippines is the realisation that China is just a country that they have to deal with,” he said.
“The Vietnamese, the Philippines, the Taiwanese, the Japanese, the Russians, have a dispute with the Chinese over certain areas in the common border,” he said.
But Razak said that the Chinese and Russians are still cooperating over Syria, and the two country still has a strategic alliance against the United States despite the South China Sea conflict.
“I think the Government has decided to be cooperative rather than confrontational. It doesn’t pay to be confrontational,” Razak said.
“If the Chinese are willing to invest in our country at a time when investments are drying up, why not.
“The Chinese have become an economic partner to Malaysia, we cannot burn that bridge,” he said.
Razak, a former political analyst, was acquitted in 2008 of abetting two police officers in the murder of Mongolian Altantunya Shaariibuu. He has written a book titled China-Malaysia Relations and Foreign Policy.’
Source : Ann@Malaysia Chronicle