By Michael Tay, Johor MCA Government Coordinating Affairs chairman.
A strong alliance between China and Japan could be just what the world needs right now to withstand the recession, and revive the global economy.
If the world’s second biggest economy (China) and the third biggest economy (Japan) could form something like the Axis alliance, it would be ideal.
What is the Axis alliance? The alliance comprise of Germany, Italy and Japan which recognised German domination over most of continental Europe, Italian domination over the Mediterranean Sea and the Japanese domination over East Asia and the Pacific.
If there can be bilateral free trade without any tariffs and technology transfers between China and Japan, coupled with the support and cooperation of Germany and France — the two leaders of the EU, and neighbouring Southeast Asian countries, this union will be a force to reckon with. It will be an alliance that the United States cannot divide.
I would also like for China to be given a chance to be a member of the advisory board of NATO, The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, aka the North Atlantic Alliance. China can offer stimulus packages that will strengthen the ailing economy and make the world a better place.
Regarding concerns about China’s technological advancement, I would think any allegations that came up was born of ignorance or politically and racially-motivated, namely, the claims by US that China’s communications supplier Huawei Technologies is a national security risk and a threat to transatlantic intelligence sharing.
China should send an elite IT experts to give an indepth explanation about 5G. To put it briefly, 5G offers a faster transmission speed and enhances connectivity.
Malaysia actually has one of the best intelligence in Southeast Asia. Anyone remember the horrific jams at the Johor-Singapore Causeway and massive manhunt in the republic when a militant named Mas Selamat Kastari gave Singapore authorities the slip in Feb 2008.
In April 2009, we caught the fugitive in Johor and handed him over to Singapore. So, this proves my point that Malaysia has one of the best intel in the region.
Our government will continue to bank on digital transformation for long-term sustainability and profitability, and is upgrading its technology.
Our Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had said that technology mastery is the only way for Malaysia to become a high-income nation and history has proven that military, economic might and world superpowers are dependent on the mastery of technology.