The Asian Voice

Malaysia's 'taiko' diplomacy in China sparks debate: The Star columnist

The writer says the economic gains brought by Malaysia's Foreign Minister in the recent controversy cannot be ignored.

Malaysia Minister Hishammuddin Hussein and China Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a joint press briefing in Fujian on April 2, 2021.
Malaysia Minister Hishammuddin Hussein and China Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a joint press briefing in Fujian on April 2, 2021.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ HISHAMMUDDIN HUSSEIN

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - At a recent joint press briefing in Fujian Province with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, Malaysia's Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said Wang "is my taiko (big brother)" after he described "Malaysia and China is a family" with broad smiles.

For both phrases, he had spoken in "broken" Mandarin before translating into English himself. And in response, a pleasantly surprised Wang Yi replied promptly in Mandarin "We are brothers".

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