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Malaysia in transition

Mahathir to visit Beijing to renegotiate 'Belt and Road' deals

Malaysia suspends 3 China-led projects ahead of talks

Construction site
Construction on the East Coast Rail Link project. Malaysia has halted this and two other Chinese-led infrastructure projects. (Photo by CK Tan)

KUALA LUMPUR -- The Malaysian government has stopped work on three Chinese-led projects, including one regarded as the flagship for China's Belt and Road Initiative, ahead of high-level talks with Beijing.

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is expected to lead a government delegation to Beijing, likely in mid-August, as Kuala Lumpur figures out how to service loans taken from China to finance the costly infrastructure projects. A source close to the government said the suspensions are meant to show Kuala Lumpur’s seriousness about these projects and to pressure Beijing ahead of talks.

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