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Trade war

Malaysia fears tariff-dodging probes amid US-China trade war

Trade minister counts on FTAs as companies seek to evade tariffs

Malaysia wants to avoid being targeted in anti-circumvention investigations for trade war related tariffs.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia is counting on free trade agreements to avoid being subject to anti-circumvention probes, as U.S. and Chinese companies relocate production to the country to stay away from the impact of the ongoing trade war, a senior government official said.

In a recent written interview with the Nikkei Asian Review, Minister of International Trade and Industry Darell Leiking said that companies from the two countries will inevitably try to avoid the impact by producing in low-tariff and low-cost locales such as Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

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