Let's get along, Mahathir implores China and USBusiness | 30 May 2019 4:01 pm
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad called for talks to resolve the ongoing trade dispute between Washington and Beijing and urged the world to accept China's technological prowess.
The U.S. cannot expect to always be at the top in technology, and countries need to talk to deal with a powerful China, Mahathir said at a conference in Tokyo. He also appeared to side with Chinese telecom giant Huawei, which the U.S. has put on a blacklist.
"We try to make use of their technology as much as possible,'' Mahathir told the Future of Asia conference, noting that Huawei has achieved a "tremendous advance over American technology.''
"We have to accept that the U.S. cannot forever be the supreme nation in the world that can have the best technology in the world,'' he said.
Mahathir said nations with differing ideologies must be able to get along.
"It is worth it to talk to each other and stop this confrontation,'' he said.
He warned that conflict between the U.S. and China would only lead to "greater destruction.''
"We want to see reasonable, responsible countries sit down around a table and discuss problems. How do we deal with China, a strong China which is very rich because China has got money,'' he said.
Mahathir arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday and leaves tomorrow.