Malaysia pledges to use Huawei ‘as much as possible’


After China accuses US of ‘economic terrorism,’ Malaysian PM Mahathir picks sides in tech cold war

By Asia Times staff

China’s Foreign Ministry doubled down Thursday on its accusation that the United States is engaged in “economic terrorism,” a sentiment that now appears to be winning support in the region.

“This kind of deliberately provoking trade disputes is naked economic terrorism, economic chauvinism, economic bullying,” Vice-Foreign Minister Zhang Hanhui told reporters. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Thursday that he “could not agree more” with Zhang’s remarks.

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, whose election last year was seen by many as a rebuke of China’s growing influence in the region, did not hold back in his support of Beijing’s view on this issue.

“‘If I am not ahead, I will ban you, I will send warships’ – that is not competition,” Mahathir said, as quoted by Malaysian newspaper The Star.

Speaking at an event in Tokyo hosted by Nikkei, Mahathir pledged that Malaysia “will make use of [Huawei’s] technology as much as possible,” asserting that the Chinese telecommunications champion had made tremendous advances over US technology.

He added that he was not concerned about US accusations of espionage on the part of Huawei.

The administration of US President Donald Trump placed Huawei on an export-control blacklist several weeks ago, a move that could threaten to slow the company’s ascendance on the global stage.

Vice-Foreign Minister Zhang said in his remarks this week that “this trade clash will have a serious negative effect on global economic development and recovery.”

The sentiment is clearly shared by others in the region, including Mahathir, who was elected in part to provide a check on China’s economic influence in Malaysia through infrastructure projects.

Source: Asia Times “Malaysia pledges to use Huawei ‘as much as possible’”

Note: This is Asia Times’ report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.


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  2. Steve says:

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  3. Simon says:

    The only major “rare earth” processing plant owned by America’s allies is the Australian owned plant based in Malaysia. The country has recently decided to close the processing plant because of environmental damage but its ties with China is also a good enough reason. There is a strangle hold on “rare earth” for America bringing that regime to its knees.

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    • Joseph says:

      There are practically hundreds types of Rare Earth Elements, which a single type of hi-tech would need many types. What’s the point of having ‘major’ Rare Earth processing plant? China is dominating the world’s Rare Earth markets, but have you ever heard of a ‘major’ Rare Earth mine in China? It is because Rare Earth is never mined in large quantity like iron of nickel, otherwise it would not be called ‘Rare’ Earth Elements. So the idea of ‘major’ Rare Earth mines in Malaysia and Australia is an utter nonsense. With all the spotlight of the Australian and Malaysian Rare Earth processing plants, the West is still crying shamelessly about China’s recent Rare Earth export bans. We should ask, what kind of Rare Earth do the Australian and Malaysian mines produce? Can it actually sustain a hi-tech industry? But China has a valid point in banning Rare Earth exports. Why would China sell its Rare Earth to the West if it would be used to make hi-tech military equipments to be used to threaten China’s national security? In this case, China is more mature in reasonings, especially against a belligerent superpower that is going rogue againts China. The American and its cronies nations are actually behaving roguely against China, and the rest of Asia, the way North Korea behaving rogue against America. If the American may called North Korea a rogue nation, then we may call America a rogue nation too.

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    • Joseph says:

      If the American and its cronies nations are smart, they may have a smart way of sourcing their own Rare Earth. They could recycle their hi-tech device waste for abundant Rare Earth source. If, they are ‘smart’. But for countries that cannot recycle their own simple plastic waste, how would they do complicated Rare Earth extraction process. Because of this lack of ingenuity, they would stupidly sell their abundant Rare Earth waste back to China, to be extracted by the Chinese. And they would complaint how China control the Rare Earth industries. What the American really needs is not a ‘major’ Rare Earth mines outside China, what the American really needs is a major brain development to think practically. If the American is afraid of Made In China by 2025, there would be Made In Anywhere But USA by 2025.

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  4. Steve says:

    PM Mahathir is getting wiser as he age. Huawei is the only and best choice.

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    • Joseph says:

      I recall that Mahathir declared his enemy was George Soros, who caused Malaysia’s Economic Crisis in the 1990s, in his famous quote that ‘the Jews like Soros control the world by proxies’. And he publicy enlisted the help of Chinese Malaysian to get Malaysia back to its feet. Malaysia’s recovery was his crowning achievement. Why would Mahathir not trust China and Huawei in his old age? George Soros is an American after all. Who would he trust more?

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      • Steve says:

        True – George soros is a Hungarian American British nationality – all three. Mahathir called him a Moron because soros ruined Malaysian economy with massive currency manipulation. What is strange is how soros got so far ahead without detection. The finance minister and financial advisers fell asleep.?

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