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Malaysia in transition

Mahathir says Beijing understands his need to halt projects

Malaysia welcomes Chinese tech but does not want to open the door to contractors

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks during a news conference with China's Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Aug. 20.    © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday said Chinese leaders have accepted his government's request to stop three China-backed infrastructure projects.

Since the 93-year-old returned as Malaysia's prime minister in May, his government has been recalibrating state expenditures and trying to dig its way out of a debt trap.

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