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Interview

Mahathir on Biden and China: It 'couldn't be worse' than Trump

95-year-old talks APEC, Twitter controversy and Malaysia's next election

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks with Nikkei Asia in Kuala Lumpur. (Photo by Wong Ying Xian)

KUALA LUMPUR -- U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will take a "more rational" approach to China, benefiting smaller Asian economies, two-time former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad predicted in an exclusive interview with Nikkei Asia.

Mahathir, 95, has long been a vocal critic of the U.S., especially over American support for Israel versus the Palestinians. But in Biden, he sees a man ready to rebuild ties that he says were damaged under President Donald Trump.

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