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Malaysia a case study in how China wins friends and influences Asia

US simply cannot match what Beijing is able to offer its neighbors

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, pictured in September 2019: Malaysia will be enticed by what China can offer.   © AP

Dr. Shankaran Nambiar is head of research at the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research, and a visiting fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University in Canberra.

COVID-19 will turn the world around in more ways than anticipated. In Malaysia's case, the aftermath is likely to see the country drawn more tightly into China's sphere of influence. Some of the reasons for the readjustment will be inevitable, while others will be deliberate choices.

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