So Much for 'China-Malaysia Friendship Year'

China's President Xi Jinping (L) and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak during a Malaysia-China Economic Summit in Kuala Lumpur on Oct. 4, 2013 Photograph by Mohd Rasfan/AFP via Getty Images

Hard to believe now, with Malaysia’s leaders vilified in China and accused of murder after declaring the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 lost in the Indian Ocean, but 2014 was supposed to be a time to celebrate the strong ties between China and Malaysia. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak met in Kuala Lumpur last October and declared that the countries would mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations by designating 2014 as “China-Malaysia Friendship Year.

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