Malaysia and the United States

A maturing partnership

Authored by: Heng Pek Koon

Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Malaysia

Print publication date:  October  2014
Online publication date:  October  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415816731
eBook ISBN: 9781315756240
Adobe ISBN: 9781317629597


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Over the past six decades, since gaining independence in 1957 from Britain and establishing formal ties with the United States, Malaysia has sought to maintain and strengthen bilateral ties with the world’s leading superpower. Its primary objectives have been to build a successful multiracial nation and secure a peaceful Southeast Asian neighbourhood. With the two nations sharing fundamentally common strategic interests, the bilateral relationship has proven remarkably resilient, particularly in the area of trade and security cooperation. Just as American economic and national strategic interests drive American foreign policy toward Malaysia, Malaysia’s national interests have led it to look to the US as a major source of trade, foreign investment and technology to promote economic growth, and as a key regional stabiliser in the face of security challenges.

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