Vietnam is quietly positioning itself as a safe haven for manufacturers wary of getting caught in the crossfire of the tariff war between the US and China.
National Economic Council director says recent news reports of a US-China deal being imminent are inaccurate.
The US will not raise levies on Chinese goods on January 1 while China promised to buy more from the US and enter a 90-day period of talks to bring an end to the dispute.
The trade battle between the United States and China has loomed larger over the G20 talks.
The two-day gathering in Papua New Guinea was almost five years in the making, cost untold millions of US dollars and required the deployment of at least one battleship and three cruise liners.
Dr Mahathir calls for collaboration at the global level to ensure everyone benefits from technology.
Navaro says that when these "unpaid foreign agents" engage in this kind of diplomacy, so-called diplomacy, all they do is weaken this president and his negotiating position.
Manufacturing gauges in several export-reliant Asian countries, as well as China, weakened in October as gloom deepens over the trade outlook.
The prime minister says the conflict might prove favourable for Malaysia if US investments to China are transferred here.
Deputy secretary-general of the international trade and industry ministry says US-China trade war may result in an increase in exports and present investment opportunities for Malaysia, but also cause hardship if the tension prolongs.
Despite China's still enviable economic growth of over 6%, the Shanghai Composite Index is down 19% this year and flirting with levels not seen since late 2014.
The optimism also supported emerging-market and high-yielding currencies that have been battered by a flight to safe-havens such as the dollar and yen.
Top officials from the world's two biggest economies would hold talks to resolve the trade crisis that has led to tariff wars.
The Economic Policy Uncertainty Index for Singapore increased to 155 last month from 126 in February, showing the tariff threats are starting to make their mark.
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