On Duterte’s heels, Malaysia is the next Asian country to embrace China


Protesters gather in support of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Manila on Oct. 21 after he announced that his country would separate itself from U.S. policies. (Jes Aznar/Getty Images)

October 31 Washington Post

Malaysia’s prime minister arrived in China on Monday with warm words for his hosts, a thirst for Chinese money and, for the first time, a promise of significantly closer defense ties with the purchase of Chinese naval ­coastal patrol ships.Najib Razak called himself a “true friend” of China, determined to take their relationship to “new heights” — echoing the pro-China outreach by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte two weeks ago when he proclaimed a “separation” from his country’s longtime U.S.-oriented policies

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