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Strategic Insights 24 - Malaysia's two-step hedging strategy: Bilateral and regional activism

By Dr John Lee

Authored by Dr John Lee this paper examines Malaysia’s strategic objectives and positioning in relation to the great powers in its region, and its attempts to finesse bilateral and multilateral relations with those powers. 

It argues that as Malaysia’s regional strategy swings between criticism of and cooperation with the US and praise and suspicion of China, these variations have made Malaysia’s strategic aims hard to read.