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‘We Cannot Afford This’: Malaysia Pushes Back on China’s Big Projects


(Hannah Beech – New York Times)

In the world’s most vital maritime chokepoint, through which much of Asian trade passes, a Chinese power company is investing in a deepwater port large enough to host an aircraft carrier. Another state-owned Chinese company is revamping a harbor along the fiercely contested South China Sea.

Nearby, a rail network mostly financed by a Chinese government bank is being built to speed Chinese goods along a new Silk Road. And a Chinese developer is creating four artificial islands that could become home to nearly three-quarters of a million people and are being heavily marketed to Chinese citizens.

Each of these projects — along with many more — is being built in Malaysia, a Southeast Asian democracy at the heart of China’s effort to gain global influence. Click here to read more.

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