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Malaysia in transition

Mahathir builds new order and fresh boundaries a month after victory

Malaysia's relationship with China comes into focus as leader tackles corruption

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is set to revisit infrastructure deals signed by the previous government with Beijing. (Getty Images)

KUALA LUMPUR -- A month after sweeping into power, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has moved swiftly to dismantle the legacy of scandal left by the previous government and build a new order for Malaysia, but in doing so, he faces enemies new and old.

As his government sinks its teeth into corruption probes, meeting election promises and reducing debt, it has also ventured into unfamiliar territory: wrestling with an increasingly influential China.

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