Original title: to make a visit to China? Mahathir suddenly mentioned the "Pan Asian Railway" Project 23 years ago.
After Mahathir came to power in Southeast Asia, "the strongest Miya Too master" in Southeast Asia, he stopped the Chinese capital to participate in the cooperation, postponed the new horse railway project and offended the two countries in the South and the north. There are foreign media that Malaysia claims to be "tighter belt", but it is actually killing the knot in the area.
Last week, however, Mahathir suddenly again welcomed the foreign capital infrastructure projects, revisiting the "Pan-Asian Railway" project that joined Kunming and Singapore 23 years ago. He also hinted that he had thought of "reconstructing the Silk Road" before the Chinese, and did not refute the claim that he was "the originator of the whole country."
Is Mahathir's sudden change of style in order to make a trip to China, or is he willing to face reality at last? There is a different view from the outside world.
Mahathir Tu from today's great horse
Do you need to ring the bell to ring the bell?
Mahathir received an exclusive video interview with ETtoday news cloud in Taiwan on 24, which was broadcast on 28. When asked about the topic of "one way and the way", Mahathir said he had learned the truth of "to develop and fix the road first".
"Before this idea was formed, I had always thought that the Silk Road should be rebuilt. If we use faster and better trains, we can strengthen trade links between China and Europe and Central Asia. I also suggested building a railway between Kunming and Singapore. Only in the first way, there will be development. "
Mahathir received an interview from Taiwan's "ETtoday news cloud".
The host asked, can you think that you are the initiator of the "along the way"? Mahathir did not answer or answer: some of them are good for Malaysia.
But he still believes that China's "along the way" is better: President Xi Jinping has also proposed to establish a Silk Road on the sea, and Malaysia has no opinion on it and expresses its support.
Mahathir did put forward a "Kunming Singapore Railway" program in his early years, part of his proposal for the "Pan Asian Railway" at the fifth ASEAN summit in 1995. At that time, he proposed to build a railway across the Mekong River, starting from Singapore, to Kunming, China, via Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia.
But Malaysia's proposal is merely "talking on paper". Without capital and technology, the Pan Asian Railway has not made concrete progress after the summit.
Until 2006, 18 countries, including China, signed the inter - government agreement on the Pan Asian railway network to finalize the detailed plan and divide the "Pan Asian Railway" into three East and west parts of the East and the West.
East and West on the three line, the dotted line in the planning
The change was approved by the Chinese government in 2009. With the establishment of the Silk Road Fund and the subinvestment bank, China's "along the way" provides financing for the national infrastructure along the line, and the first national standard of China's high speed railway, formally implemented in 2015, provides technical support for the small partners. It can be said that it is precisely because of China that the Pan Asian Railway can become a reality.
To China, or to recognize the reality?
In recent years, although the "Pan Asian Railway" section is different, but the good news continues: China and the old railway is expected to be completed in 2020; the Sino Burmese international railway is also in the sprint stage, some sections are scheduled to be opened in the second half of this year; the China and Thai railway, which has been shelved for many years, is also approved to start, and it is expected to be opened in 2022. In addition, last September, when CCTV gave the "Pan Asian Railway" a phased summary, it also focused on the progress of the Malaysia east bank railway and the new horse railway project, which said the construction of these "key nodes" has entered the substantive stage.
The general layout of Pan Asian Railway gradually entered the stage of white heat until the power of Malaysia came into being.
In the past two months, new prime minister Mahathir, Malaysia's new prime minister, has frequently sent out a negative signal to his former Prime Minister: it has stopped 3 Chinese capital projects with a total of $22 billion and nearly cancelled the new Malaysia Railway (also called the new long railway, at a cost of $7 billion). Referring to the motive behind it, Mahathir said, "this is all about reducing the debt burden for the state".
In this interview, Mahathir said again that "the number one task" after he came to power had not yet been completed, that is, "to solve the debt of 1 trillion Lin git (about RMB 16819 billion yuan) left by the former government."
In this regard, many foreign media have said the number is too exaggerated, Mahathir to retrial the prime minister's infrastructure projects, perhaps in the domestic "anti corruption" link, and it may have a "political intention" behind it. And the 30 day of the Bangkok post, the issue of "tighten the waist belt", points out that Malaysia's external debt is less than half of the "developed Chinese level" and has enough capacity to pay.
After Mahathir came to power, he obstructed foreign investment and made him feel that he was a conservative "no foreign capital". But this is just a mistake.
The article wrote that when Mahathir first became prime minister, he actively introduced foreign capital. But his years of hard work, with the collapse of the Asian financial crisis in 1998, has since been cautious and understandable in introducing foreign capital.
Recently, the Fed raised interest rates, unwittingly for Mahathir's "face change" to send assists. Faced with the pressure of outflow of capital, Malaysia will be worried if it drives China again. The article concludes that Mahathir will not reject Chinese funded and foreign capital infrastructure projects forever. When he came to power, he would be "tough" for a short time.
For example, the new high speed rail project, which was almost cut short, was revived again last month. Mahathir clarified in June that the project was not "cancelled" but "postponed". In his interview that day, he first proposed the possibility of establishing a "high-speed rail connecting Malaysian peninsula" by the government after taking office.
On the other hand, China and Malaysia have exchanged high-level visits with foreign officials in recent years. Chinese State Councilor and foreign minister Wang Yi has met with the envoy of the Prime Minister of Malaysia on the 18 th of this month. Recently, the foreign ministry confirmed that Wang Yi will visit Malaysia at the end of this month.
All these seem to pave the way for Mahathir's visit to China. Malaysia people's "Beijing line" has been brewing for a long time, in June said, "is expected to be in Beijing by the end of July", this time the interview with the Taiwan media, Mahathir again updated the time to "August."
Shang Guan news pointed out that preparations for the first China trip after he took office were in progress. For this remark, analysts in Singapore's Lianhe Zaobao believe that this is Mahathir for his visit to China to build momentum.
Editor in responsibility: Yu Pengfei
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