Tun Abdul Razak Chair Professor Jayum Anak Jawan, in collaboration with the Ohio University Center for International Studies and the Faculty of Human Ecology at the Universiti Putra Malaysia, hosted a Tun Abdul Razak Special Seminar on Malaysia-US-China Relations under the Trump and Xi Administrations on July 18, 2017 at the Universiti Putra Malaysia.
Prof. Dr. Heng Pek Koon of the American University, Washington D.C., spoke at the event on the topic of “Malaysia-US-China Relations under the Trump and Xi Administrations”.
She posed a tough question: How do U.S. and China relations with Malaysia help advance Najib’s geopolitical, security, and economic objectives, and strengthen Najib’s National Front (BN)’s electoral position in the coming 14th Parliamentary General Election (GE14), and at the same time showed how China’s role in Malaysia’s economic development is important in Malaysia’s domestic politics as well as the important of US presence in Southeast Asia in order to bring about balance and political stability to Malaysia and the region as a whole.
Prof. Heng is Assistant Professor & Director, ASEAN Studies Initiative, School of International Service, American University, Washington, D.C. She received her PhD from London University's School of Oriental and African Studies and her MA and BA from Auckland University. In addition, she runs the Insular Southeast Asia Advanced Area Studies Program at the United State Department Foreign Service Institute, which prepares US Foreign Service Officers for assignments in the region. She is currently updating her research on the implications of China's Maritime Silk Road initiatives for the Malaysian Chinese business community and for the future of Malay-Chinese relations.
The talk was moderated by the immediate past Tun Abdul Razak Chair, Jayum Anak Jawan, who ended his 2 years term as the 15th TARC at Ohio University, Athens, in June 2017, and has since returned to Universiti Putra Malaysia.