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Text of report in English by Malaysian independent website Malaysiakini, owned by Mkinin Dotcom, on 29 April
[Commentary by Josh Hong: "Wen Jiabao's Charm Offensive"]
After much pomp and fanfare, but also the horribly embarrassing syntax and grammatical errors in the Chinese translation on a signboard to welcome him in Putrajaya, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is now in Jakarta, where the real tussle for regional influence between China and the United States takes place.
(On a side note: Chua Soi Lek can seriously contemplate calling it quits now that UMNO [United Malays National Organization, main party in the ruling coalition] has found Google Translate more trustworthy than MCA [Malaysian Chinese Association, one of UMNO's coalition partners]!)
Forget all the mawkishly flattering commentary in Malaysia's Chinese press, for Wen's ultimate purpose of visiting both Malaysia and Indonesia is -on top of trade ties and cultural exchanges -to test China's maritime influence. In his interview with the media in Beijing …