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Malaysia – United States relations
Malaysia   United States
Map indicating location of Malaysia and USA
     Malaysia      United States

Malaysia – United States relations (Malay: Hubungan Malaysia–Amerika Syarikat) are bilateral relations between Malaysia and the United States. The two countries share a diverse and expanding partnership. Economic ties are robust. The United States is Malaysia's largest trading partner and Malaysia is the tenth-largest trading partner of the U.S. Annual two-way trade amounts to $49 billion. The United States and Malaysia launched negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) in June 2006.

Politically however, relations were incredibly strained under the rule of Mahathir bin Mohamad, who ruled from 1981 until 2003; and who was very critical of the Foreign policy of the United States.

The United States is the largest foreign investor in Malaysia. American companies are particularly active in the energy, electronics, and manufacturing sectors. The cumulative value of U.S. private investment in Malaysia exceeds $10 billion.

The United States and Malaysia enjoy strong security cooperation. Malaysia hosts the Southeast Asia Regional Center for Counterterrorism (SEARCCT), where over 1,100 officials from multiple countries have received training. The United States is the largest foreign provider of training courses at the center. The U.S. and Malaysia share a strong military-to-military relationship with numerous exchanges, training, joint exercises, and visits.

The American Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, visited Kuala Lumpur in July 2006.

American embassy officials

The American embassy in Kuala Lumpur

The American embassy in Malaysia is located in Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur. The Principal U.S. Embassy Officials include:

  • Ambassador – James R. Keith
  • Deputy Chief of Mission – Robert G. Rapson
  • Political Counselor- Mark D. Clark
  • Economic Counselor – Matt J. Matthews
  • Commercial Counselor – Joseph B. Kaesshaefer
  • Public Affairs Officer – Phillip Hoffmann
  • Agricultural Attache – David W. Cottrell
  • Consul – Andrew T. Miller

Country comparison

 Malaysia  United States
Population 27,496,000 304,875,000
Area 329,847 km² (127,355 sq mi) 9,826,630 km² (3,794,066 sq mi )
Population Density 83/km² (216/sq mi) 31/km² (80/sq mi)
Capital Kuala Lumpur Washington, D.C.
Largest City Kuala Lumpur – 1,887,674 (7,200,000 Metro) New York City – 8,214,426 (18,818,536 Metro)
Government Federal constitutional monarchy, parliamentary democracy Federal presidential, constitutional republic
Official languages Malay English (de-facto)
Main Religions 60.4% Islam, 19.2% Buddhism, 9.1% Christianity, 6.3% Hinduism, 2.6% traditional Chinese religions, 2% other religions 78% Christianity, 2% Buddhism, 1% Judaism, 1% Islam,12% other religions
GDP (nominal) $165 billion ($6,648 Per Capita) $13.770 trillion ($44,190 Per Capita)

References

PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Department of State (Background Notes).[1]

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