THE Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim should be commended for his China trip, for he secured RM170 bil worth of investment commitments—the most for any Malaysian PM in a China visit.
These are for a total of 19 memoranda of understanding (MOU) sealed between businesses in Malaysia and China in various fields, especially green technology and the digital economy.
China is the eighth country Anwar has visited since his appointment less than five months ago and undoubtedly, the most successful in getting investment commitments for Malaysia in the future.
The other seven countries Anwar had visited are Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Cambodia.
But what is of concern is that war drums are beginning to be heard in the China-US rivalry on the world stage.
It would be a global disaster if the US’s attempt to prevent China from becoming the sole superpower in the world ended up in war.
Malaysia and other countries in the world must ensure that this does not eventuate, that American public opinion accepts the inevitability that China will be No. 1 in the world because of its size and the dynamism of its people.
Nobody wants the China-US competition to end up in war, which will not benefit the rest of the world, China or the United States.
There is a 50-million-strong Chinese diaspora and a 32-million-strong Indian diaspora in the world. The Malaysian government should tap these diasporas to help prevent the China-US confrontation from ending up in a war in which everyone will become casualties. — April 2, 2023
Retired DAP supremo and former Iskandar Puteri MP Lim Kit Siang, 81, has a colourful political career spanning 57 years.
The views expressed are solely of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Focus Malaysia.
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