PETALING JAYA: South-East Asia should focus on its own interests and avoid taking sides in the US-China trade war, says a Chinese-American political scientist. Huang said it was difficult to remain neutral because it was a moving target, but South-East Asian countries still had to do it. It was unrealistic for Malaysia to bridge the US-China divide but if the two powers wanted to fight in the region, Malaysia could decide against it as “it has a strong influence in this region,” said Huang who also spoke on the US-China trade war and its impact on Asean. Liew in his speech said some described Malaysia’s neutral stance on the trade war as “hedging”, but he was of the opinion that “we are less transactional”. He said China did not want a trade war, but it was not afraid and would fight if necessary.
Source: thestar June 17, 2019 22:41 UTC