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The Future of Asia 2018

Mahathir revives 'Look East' policy to join ranks of economic giants

Malaysian PM reveals vision of Asian trade framework including India

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks about free trade and democracy at the Future of Asia forum in Tokyo on June 11. (Photo by Taro Yokosawa)

TOKYO -- Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Monday said he would revisit his "Look East" policy as he strives to build an economy that can reach the heights of more advanced Asian neighbors.

Appearing at the annual Future of Asia conference in Tokyo, hosted by Nikkei, the newly elected prime minister said his government is seeking not only foreign direct investment from Asian neighbors but also to "learn how you grew your country."

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