Malaysia-China Defence Relations, 2015-2020: Interrupted Progress Amid Political Changes and Geopolitical Tensions


About the Webinar

This webinar explores the development of Malaysia-China defence relations from 2015 to 2020. It examines high-level visits, bilateral combined exercises, naval port calls, academic and think tank exchanges and defence industry cooperation between China and Malaysia over the past five years. The speaker will argue that the pace of bilateral defence cooperation has slowed compared to the period before 2015. The primary reason for this has been the changing political situation in Malaysia. Although tensions have been rising in the South China Sea, this does not seem to have hindered defence cooperation between the two countries. Both Malaysia and China remain committed to the further development of defence ties, and once the pandemic is brought under control, Sino-Malaysian military cooperation should be able to resume and move forward.

This webinar is supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

About the Speaker

Dr Ngeow Chow-Bing is Director of the Institute of China Studies at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. He received his PhD in Public and International Affairs from Northeastern University, Boston, United States. Dr Ngeow’s research interests include China’s political reforms, the organization and management of the Chinese Communist Party and China-Southeast Asia relations. He has published articles in a number of peer-reviewed journals including China Review, Asian Politics and Policy, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, Contemporary Southeast Asia, East Asia: An International Quarterly, China: An International Journal, Issues and Studies and Problems of Post-Communism. His is also the editor of the book Researching China in Southeast Asia (Routledge, 2019).


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Nov 24 2020


10:00 am - 11:00 am