Tun Mahathir has urged the US government to make concessions in its dispute with China, which involves Huawei Technologies. He added that a failure to negotiate could lead to military conflict.
As reported by Nikkei Asian Review, the Malaysian Prime Minister said that Huawei has achieved tremendous advancement over American technology during the Future of Asia conference in Tokyo. Although the US previously had strong research and development capability, he said that they must accept that this capability can also be found in the East.
“If I am not ahead, I will ban you, I will send warships — that is not competition,” Mahathir stressed. “That is threatening.” He also added that Huawei’s research is far bigger than Malaysia’s capability and Malaysia will try to make use of their technology as much as possible.
The Prime Minister quipped, “Yes, there may be some spying but what is there to spy in Malaysia. We are an open book. Everybody knows. If any country wants to invade Malaysia, they can walk through and we will not resist because it’s a waste of time.”
Earlier this year when the US and other western countries had imposed a ban on Huawei’s 5G equipment, Tun Mahathir said that Huawei has not been found to have done any wrongdoing in the country. He also mentioned that Malaysia will not follow other countries without basis.
You can check out Tun Mahathir’s keynote speech below from the 29:53 mark.