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Malaysia in transition

In his own words: Mahathir Mohamad speaks to the Nikkei Asian Review

Malaysia's leader discusses China deal, TPP, North Korea and succession plan

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Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks about his diplomatic strategy and domestic reforms to the Nikkei Asian Review in Tokyo on June 11. (Photo by Keiichiro Sato)

Starting his second month in power, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad recently spoke to the Nikkei Asian Review on two separate occasions, including on the sidelines of the Future of Asia 2018 conference in Tokyo, and articulated his diplomatic strategy which includes touting a new regional pact to China and prioritizing domestic reforms. He said Malaysia would honor treaties made with foreign parties by the previous government but might also request deals are reviewed to ensure his country's best interests are served.

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