The Evolution of Malaysia-China Relations

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THE EVLOUTION OF MALAYSIA-CHINA RELATIONSHIP

INTRODUCTION After Cold War, the introvert China shows more interest in developing relation with other countries. Thus, China first builds its relationship with Southeast Asian countries including Malaysia. The China and Malaysia’s relationship officially starts in 1974 that acts as the turning point to a better relationship in various field for both side. The great relationship between both countries does not achieved easily but also with some challenging issues along the road. These include the challenges during the different ideologies upon cold war, the Asian financial crisis and the China threat theory towards worldwide. But these challenges doesn’t harm this relationship, instead it keep growing and maintain a stable bilateral-relationship. So, further in this report we will discuss about the evolution of China-Malaysia relationship from 1974 (after cold war) until now that witnessed the development in the political, economic and cultural fields.

1. (1970s) AFTER COLD WAR

After the Cold War, China has shown more concerns on the surrounding countries relationship and taken real actions to improve it. Despite the communism issues of China during the cold war, Malaysia accepts China as the country starts to show interest in developing external relations. The open-door foreign policy by China officially sets the starting point for the bilateral relationship for both countries in 1974. Malaysia’s post-Cold War China policy is desired to be one of the part of the smaller state to gain economic and diplomatic benefits from a closer relationship with China as the great power. Thus, for the sake of economic and political benefit, both countries continued to grow during Mao Zedong and Tun Abdul Razak bin Haji Dato' Hussein in the 1970s.
Since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1974, bilateral economic and trade relations have developed considerably. For example, in the economic aspect, during the

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