Malaysia Warns Philippines Over China Debt | Mahathir Mohamad Warns Duterte about CCP Loans

The Malaysian Prime Minister warns the Philippines About bad Chinese Money Is this the beginning of a new era in the South China Sea? This is China Uncensored. I’m Chris Chappell. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for the latest China news, and click the notification bell icon. That way, you get an alert each time we publish a new episode. The Philippines. One of my favorite places in Southeast Asia. Mostly because of the food. Last week, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad made a state visit to The Philippines. “We also discussed on economic matters the trade between both countries are increasing, but they are largely in favor of Malaysia. I believe there is still room for improvement and from my meeting with Mr. President (Rodrigo
Duterte), we would encourage private sectors from both
countries to explore opportunities of collaboration
and venture in new cooperation and investments.” But while Mahathir was trying to warm ties between Malaysia and the Philippines, he had a word of warning about another country—China. Speaking to a Filipino news network, Mahathir
said, “If you borrow huge sums of money from China, and then you cannot pay, when the person is a borrower he is under the control of the lender. So, we have to be very careful about that.” I’m sure he wasn’t talking about any borrower
in particular. He just said, “Countries *like* the Philippines should ‘regulate or limit influences from
China.’” You know, so these borrowers don’t get Sri
Lanka’d. See, in 2008, Sri Lanka began construction of a deep water container port, funded by Chinese loans. Ten years later, when Sri Lanka couldn’t pay the loans back, China forced Sri Lanka to give them the port on a 99-year lease. A port that could someday become an ideal
naval base. To be used against no country in particular. How does Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir know so much about the Chinese regime using debt to trap other countries into making
bad deals— that is, “debt trap diplomacy”? Well, Malaysia was almost a victim of it. Malaysia’s previous Prime Minister— who was massively corrupt, by the way— secured $34 billion dollars worth of Chinese-funded infrastructure projects. Those included a Chinese state-owned company buying a 40% stake in a deep water shipping port near Kuantan. The Communist Party does love its ports. It was going to be a key part of the Chinese Communist Party’s Belt and Road
Initiative. That’s a global network of trade routes and infrastructure projects that China is
creating, and that basically drive debt trap diplomacy. Or as the Chinese state-run media likes to
call it, win-win cooperation. Because no matter what happens, China wins! Until Mahathir Mohamad took the 2018 election in his own surprise win. That happened after the massive corruption of the previous Prime Minister had been exposed. Corruption that the Chinese regime had agreed to help him cover up, in exchange for Belt and Road deals. What’s a few billion dollars between friends? Well, a few billion dollars plus illegally spying on journalists. Unsurprisingly, Mahathir made Chinese infrastructure projects and influence a key issue in his
campaign. “None of our people are employed as workers. None of our companies are used for designing and planning and supervising, et cetera. We gain nothing.” And since Mahathir took office, he has been negotiating or canceling what he thinks are unfair Chinese infrastructure
deals. For example, he’s renegotiated a $20 billion
dollar rail link. And completely scrapped Chinese-backed oil
and gas pipelines. That was a big hiccup in the Chinese regime’s plans for control of Southeast Asia. And now Mahathir is encouraging Philippine president Duterte to do the same. Kind of like your friend warning you against dating his crazy ex. But how many of us actually listen to that
friend? Before Duterte was elected in 2016, China and the Philippines had been in a standoff over territorial disputes in the South China
Sea. But Duterte decided to set those disputes
aside. Instead, he focused on an ambitious 180 billion
dollar project he creatively called “Build, Build, Build.” But the problem was money money money. And that opened the door to Chinese investment. “In 2016, Duterte secured $24 billion in
investment, credit and loan pledges from Chinese President Xi Jinping’s government to upgrade his country’s infrastructure.” According to the London-based think tank Capital
Economics, corruption problems are a part of Chinese
investments, and the Philippines already has a trade imbalance approaching unsustainable levels— meaning it imports way more than it exports. And so Mahathir told Duterte, you know, countries who take out big Chinese loans, I’m not naming names here, but maybe they should be careful. Fortunately for The Philippines, China has been a bit slow about making good
on that 24 billion dollars they pledged to upgrade infrastructure. And the Philippine Finance Secretary says the Philippines will definitely, never ever get caught in a Chinese debt trap. I mean sure, it happened to Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Montenegro, The Maldives, Djibouti and a bunch of other countries, but it will never happen to the Philippines! That’s true…if they don’t take too much
Chinese money. Either way, though, there’s another aspect
of the Chinese regime’s debt trap diplomacy Mahathir also warned about — too many Chinese workers. He said, “Foreign direct investment should not involve bringing huge numbers of foreigners to live in the country because that might disturb the political equations in the country.” In other words, these foreigners are taking our jobs! Somehow it sounds so different coming out of the mouth of a 93-year-old doctor. Since Duterte took office in 2016, somewhere between 2 and 3 hundred thousand Chinese workers have come to the Philippines. The population has basically tripled. Chinese nationals now get more than half the working visas granted by the Philippines, and the majority of special work permits. And a lot of them work in online casinos. Which is…a very interesting career choice. Plus, a lot of Chinese workers are in the Philippines illegally. Recently the government has been conducting mass raids. And Mahathir said, “If huge numbers of any foreigners come to live and stay in the country or even to influence economy, then you have to do some rethinking, whether it is good or bad or the limits that we have to impose on them.” You know, any foreigners, not from any country in particular. But for China, Mahathir threw a major wrench in the communist regime’s plan to use debt trap diplomacy in Malaysia. And if he’s now becoming a rallying point for other southeast Asian nations to abandon China’s version of so-called “win-win cooperation,” it might just become a lose-lose scenario for the Chinese Communist Party. Which I’m torn about, because I don’t believe in no-win scenarios. But Mahathir didn’t stop at economics. He also called out China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. Trillions of dollars of shipping goes through
it, along with untapped oil and natural gas deposits. China claims basically all of it. Obviously that competes with claims by both the Philippines and Malaysia. As I’ve said, Duterte has mostly backed
down, even though the Philippines had the strongest
claim after a ruling from the Hague rejected China’s claim in favor of theirs. But while Mahathir was in the Philippines, he said China should define its so-called ownership of the South China Sea. While also saying he’d be totally fine with
China’s claims, as long as they basically take no action on
it. But somehow, I don’t imagine the Chinese Communist Party will be too agreeable about owning something without controlling it. They’re not great at letting go. Just ask Hong Kong. So, what do you think of Mahathir’s message to the Philippines? Leave your comments below. And before you go, now is the time I answer a question from a member of the China Uncensored 50-Cent
Army— fans who support the show with a dollar or
more per episode through the crowd funding website Patreon. Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe asks, “China’s working age population has already
peaked and is expected to fall by 23% by 2050. Why did it take so long for CCP to ditch its
one-child policy when the long-term devastating effects it
would have on China’s economy and ambitions as a world
power have been obvious for some time now?” Very good question, Sir Wilfred… which is definitely your actual name. Well, on the surface, the One Child Policy was about making sure China’s population didn’t grow too fast. But birth rates were already falling before
it even started. So why even have the One Child Policy? Because underneath, there were even more benefits to implementing a policy of massive top-down control. The One Child Policy gave the Party an excuse to put a whole new level of monitoring into
place. Employers were literally required to monitor women’s menstruation cycles. As you can imagine, that level of bureaucracy created lots of
jobs! Plus, local officials could also make money
off of fining people who violated the policy. Like, you didn’t register with the authorities before getting pregnant. Doesn’t matter if it’s your first kid. Pay up or get dragged to the forced abortion
van. And another benefit was controlling the masses by making them control each other. For example, if a woman violated the policy, everyone in her factory or work group would
be punished. So now you have people watching and reporting
on each other. And local officials would also be punished if their area went over their population quotas. Hence, the forced abortion van. Now, the examples I gave didn’t happen everywhere, because, like a lot of the Party’s top-down control, it was unevenly enforced. But I think you get the gist. The One Child Policy was a massive intrusion by the state into the fundamental level of
society: the family. And even through it  wasn’t necessary for controlling population growth, it was great at controlling the population. So the One Child Policy makes sense… in a sort of, evil authoritarian kind of way. That’s why— when they ended the One Child Policy in 2015— they simply replaced it with an equally authoritarian Two Child Policy. Of course it turns out, the results of their disastrous policies are now threatening the entire country. But I’m sure that’s nothing a *new* type of massive state control can’t
fix. Thanks for your question. If you’d like to hear your question answered
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Uncensored. Once again I’m Chris Chappell, see you next time!

100 comments on “Malaysia Warns Philippines Over China Debt | Mahathir Mohamad Warns Duterte about CCP Loans”

  1. China Uncensored says:

    Do you think we're reaching a turning point in China's Debt Trap Diplomacy in Southeast Asia?

  2. Vince Baleto says:

    Build,Build,Build just like spratly island, China.Build,Build,Build.

  3. blue gravity says:

    After bad mouthing China for 3 years president D. makes a deal with them. What an idiot.

  4. blue gravity says:

    I like you Philippines, but president D. Sold Philippines to china. It's a matter of time and your gone.

  5. Wong Lanang says:

    American control other countries with weapons, China with money.

  6. Gila Bola says:

    Mahathir is an OG. Indonesian president is taking the country to chinese debt trap as well

  7. O g says:


  8. Robert Bohnaker says:

    Thank you for this great expose

  9. MumbleRapIs Gay says:

    Is that a threat or tryna help us? sorry bad english lel

  10. Anton Clark says:

    Am surprised the Philippine President needs to be told this, I thought he was astute enough not to fall into such a trap. Love him or hate him, he’s not to be corrupted and will summarily dismiss anyone caught involved in corruption.

  11. argentaamore says:

    Why doesn't he also warn his best friend Pakistan of their huge Chinese debt

  12. Genuine Sanity says:

    I prefer Thai food , Pinoy food is getting fatter and stupider lately , 3000 php at least if you wanna eat good …..

  13. kheng yong lee says:

    At last mahathir want to borrow money from china BUT empty hand

  14. Wew says:

    damn you should keep your beard

  15. robert cline says:

    Duterte is a clown. The guy tried to start a war with Canada over garbage the Philippines took in. I personally think he's a drug kingpin and his war on drugs only serves to eliminate the competition. The guy reminds me of a dumber Noriega. Getting in bed with China is like getting in bed with a Mantis they'll screw you then they'll kill you and eat you. But what does he care, he knows the US will bail them out in the end because the Philippines is still a family state of the US.

  16. SiSiW says:

    what is the difference between someone who says "should" warnings, against another who do the same.

  17. alden vidal says:

    Share this fellow Pinoys 🙂

  18. Nikolas Banzuela says:

    You got me with the crazy Ex.

  19. Gold Smith says:

    Sri Lanka should've print money to pay China , China prints tons of yuan. Philippines needs to print money to pay China and other countries ,. Philippines and Vietnam Malaysia needs to Print tons of money pay loan off, buy other products from other countries buy companies from U.S. hire USA contractors teach their citizens skills. Buy American products Americans buy their products.

  20. juliet bertez says:

    i hope, pres duterte, consider this advice, before its too late. Dont sell our beloved Philippines.

  21. nothing but the truth seek it you will find it says:

    These is one of the most intelligent and bravest thing's Malaysian prime minister has to say. He can see through the the Chinese facade, it's always the poor country who comes running for handouts when money is offered, at great cost, Chinese are money laundering at the expense of poor nations. Philippines is no exception. I hope the Philippine government take his advice. China is the only country on earth where the political party CCP has it's own government and military. They run the show. So be weary

  22. Gerry McDonnell says:

    Ahh so your just waking up, China has a 50 Year plan, take over, then millatary take over, ww3 coming to a country near you, wake up dickheads

  23. Stefan Stark says:

    why r u so fucking an-ti China?So American.

  24. Jeremiah Cuarteros says:

    Remember people , the US practices democracy while the chinese practice communism. If both are evil then i would rather choose to be with the evil that gives me freedom than the evil that doesnt.

    We will lose more if we become puppets of the chinese than be puppets of the USA

  25. arulaful says:

    i believe he should add an extra order of pancit + couple 3 chan puis

  26. N Alien says:

    Be careful Philippines , they are taking over countries with economic loans this is new warfare , srilanka is the grip along , pakistan now and few other countries , dont give PH to them its a strategic plan to shush countries from talking against them , you will loose freedom to raise your voice against their behaviour either in south China sea or border issues or any matter, they are going into countries and buying properties and other stuff to make a presence of themselves and their part in the country , PH whooped their ass decades ago in a battle (10th battalion i guess) Be careful while dealing with them 👽 Ph president is wise and tough hope he does not fall into it👽💕

  27. gerry Manza says:

    That's the style of Chinese lending you to win them the results, but the Philippines or the Duterte govt. there is no choice to cling to China Because even a UN tribunal does not have the means to control China on what they doing.

  28. فتاه - cutekey says:


  29. Nor man Land says:

    Mahathir likes to leave some hints if you must know.His choices of words have double meaning at times. His smile or smerk is dead giveaways. You must be able to catch it….what MM actually wants the Phillipines to go and look back at the contracts and re negotiates. Investigate the producer of the contract re evaluate the project cost…if found any misdeed by say Chinese official or or philipinos official…Dutate is a smart man he will get it.

  30. BigBollocks says:

    One question to Duterte – what does Chinese cock taste like?

  31. Michael Canencia says:

    Ggrrrrrrrrrrr. Puro plastic mga tao d2 pero👿👿👿 ahahaha nyo ung presidente namin alam nya ang ginagawa nya parang mas magaling pa kau at saka pa concern2x pa kau mmmmh!!! Utot!! Un pala naninira kau kay tatay hndi yan bopol na ka2lad nang mga dilaw puro alam mangulimbat lang nang pera. . .😛😛😛

  32. Cp Tv says:

    Our brother country malaysia mabuhay

  33. Paul Levasque says:


  34. Caster Troller says:

    I will u subscribe on Chinese YouTubers

  35. abbie the gamer says:

    I hope every country that has been trap by china team up together and kill china

  36. utube3888 says:

    Mahathir dismantle the once excellent education system passed down by the British. Standard of education since dropped only to be save by mostly private funded Chinese school which provided better education standard instead of the sub standard government schools that serve as vehicle for spreading the Islam religion. Now he wants to removed these Chinese schools instead of helping the minority school which has seen good result so much so even Malays are attending it. Does he really want to destroy Malaysia? Even this glimpse of providing quality education for all future Malaysians to compete in the world platform will be destroyed by him. As Tunku predicted this Mahathir will single handedly destroy Malaysia. Hope if God is willing take him soon.

  37. Fuck the Government says:

    Philippines ako pinanganak philippines din ako mamatay


    So what's the down side of that??? If China wants to help then so be it. If their people migrate to these countries, what's so wrong about that? Chinese people will provide work and income to the locals like what they do in the Philippines (SM Supermalls and Philippine Airlines to name a few). As long as they don't manipulate the locals and destroy their identity I think we are all good here. How about the so called "The Great County On Earth" what does it do to help these developing countries??? Nothing! Appreciate your video though.

  39. Princess Leonah Mae Apolonio says:

    I am sad

  40. zeuz says:

    Sri lanka is now owned by china because of money loan trap.

  41. zeuz says:

    Our country philipine will be own in 2060 because duterte already loan 24 billion peso and in the year 2058 the 24 billion peso loan will be doubled 48 billion peso then if philipines didn't pay that loan philipine our country will be owned by chinese.

  42. Prince Zhedrick Silvestre says:

    I am a Filipino that really Love Malaysia ⚜🔱❤❤❤🔱⚜

  43. Random Cat On The Internet says:

    i hate china i just randomly drinking Starbuck and looking at my phone the moment my internet data ran out I come to realize why the heck everyone speaking Chinese in an English country

  44. Arvin DelaCruz says:

    Raid China, they can't stop us all countries.

  45. Noobgod LegenD says:

    So Malaysia want war

  46. Eller Galang says:

    It is a wrong warning! In reverse , China was the one who have loaned from International Monetary Fund owned by Philippines Million tons of Gold from their poor cituation during 1946 to save their country. Like Hongkong who did loaned 950 000 tons of Gold to developed the country by the British Government. Almost 80 % countries did the same to developed their countries after the World War
    II…..To make you known that the World Bank also majority of its funds came from (Maharlika) Philippines. And the Philippines leaders of the past was the author of the World Bank to help every country to be developed.

  47. PH girl_gamer says:


  48. Mgdlna CO says:

    we the people of philippines wont like what duterte did of huge sum in china. this is a big (?)

  49. TN - 03CJ - Derry West Village PS (1581) says:

    F* china

  50. has bul says:

    China need to learn about Campaign 'Buy British Last'…How Britain lost 15.5 Million in just 18 months after boycott by Malaysia…

  51. regenal aceron says:

    pra po sakin walang masama s inutang ng phils s china kc the fund will go for sure for the infrastracture project…for sure all this project will get money back taken to all commutters its taxes… and other

  52. Okami Arts says:

    I wish Duterte would heed this warning. The Chinese government's greed is getting out of hand
    I'm sorry to all my Chinese pees out there, but your government is messed up.

  53. Aaron Zeph Cabebe says:

    If China Gonna Invade Philippines Then Screw That Im Out in here Im Going To America

  54. Qwesto channel says:

    Pls becareful philippines😢😢

  55. JSeth Gutchi says:

    The Philippine gov. clearly has something to gain from this. (and by "Philippine gov." i mean corrupt politicians, and by "gain" i mean for themselves and clearly not for the people they swore to serve) Rotten to the core indeed.

  56. Dire Knight says:

    Thank you, Malaysia.

  57. gamer 101 says:

    I'm a Filipino and I'm willing to protect my beloved adorable country against all the invaders and idont care f who da f%/ck invade us..

  58. Hiro 11 says:

    Duterte is too smart. Trust me😉

  59. ccxerein says:

    These are all true.

  60. Rain Rain says:

    Someday we will wake our country is no longer ours, the numbers of Chinese nationals in the Philippines now is very disturbing. Wake up kababayan. Don't let our ancestor who fights for our freedom died in vain

  61. robert amparo says:

    I. Agree with malaysia

  62. Confused FilAm says:

    I am a Filipino, I want to nuke China
    Who’s with me?

  63. Loreto Rivera says:

    as a filipino. god take my country. i dont care what they news is thaat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  64. Alex Tan says:

    #World #alert!!!!

  65. kony_ leng says:

    Even construction worker here in the Philippines are chinese lol..
    Hope philippines should be wiser by now and then.

  66. realcindy dadrana says:

    Majority of the filipinos dont trust this traitor mahathir.

  67. No Body says:

    Why would Filipinos trust mahathir????????!!!!

  68. Xx_EL Comic Dubs_xX says:

    Du30 is a bit scary….
    He wants to declare war if China wont give the west Philippine sea 🙁
    DU30 pls no war

  69. B gampong Veronica says:

    I feel sad to my country PhilippineS 🇵🇭 😭 even army we don't have poor Philippines

  70. arvelio aquino nalugon says:

    i agree be careful about debt in big country.. because they hold you in neck

  71. omnimacrox says:

    Just borrow the money and don't pay it back. What are they gonna do. Lol

  72. Vigneswara Prabhu says:

    Do an episode on Chinese Locusts, Tourists & Emigrants and their out of control behavior.

  73. Petra Paulina Emotera says:

    I hate to admit, but I'm starting to hate China. I feel bad, for I know I should not generalize, but still, China is becoming more evil and greedy!!! Duterte what have you done???!!!!! I supported you, then this!!!

  74. papabearultima says:

    Were screwed!!!!!!!!!!!!

  75. Jamie Winters says:

    Great information, where else would you find…

  76. Vanuush Nightcore OPM says:

    why not all asian countries gathered together and stop chinese invesment so we can live peacefully

  77. todoroki :3 says:

    Oh god no please no

  78. John Normal says:

    Can we replace Chris with some Chinese AI bot? Then he can laugh about how they "tuk er jobs"

  79. Dave Todd says:

    The problem is when it comes to the Philippines is America's fraudulent president pulled his shit and sold them out to the Chinese. Seems the globalist got pissed off at his drug interdiction shall we say. The Philippines we're forced to find foreign aid after America cut them off

  80. Howdyah Workthisthing? says:

    You guys are the best! I thoroughly enjoy your show.

  81. charles kacirek says:

    I guess he had listen to Trump. Duterte May have sold out in name of the nation. China does this everywhere over and over. Their work is shitty and their help is phony. Still there are plenty of people who buy into it.
    When things goes wrong they immigrate to USA and corrupt politician will blame USA.
    This is the saying. Bad things happen to other people until you become the other people.
    It sounds like if Mahatir was also speaking of USA. If you bring too many foreign workers……

  82. Global Asia Forum says:

    Don't became trap by China 😭😭

  83. Jaded Cynic says:

    You people better stop selling the planet to CCP. Thier money is even more fake than anyone elses. They print up TRILLIONS any time they want. IDIOTS.

  84. robbyeah says:

    Im Not Nihon, Zongguo, tagalog, malay,

  85. ely castle says:

    Debt trapping is the name of the game.. Africa is drowned with debts from Communist China 🇨🇳 Soon the Philippines is on its way.. THANK YOU DUTERTE and the MISINFORMED 16 million Filipinos who voted for this guy.. Who’s laughing 😆 now??

  86. ely castle says:

    Duterte’s MInions., what do you say To this?

  87. sheena mauleon says:

    Yes im filipino i agree what said of prime minester 🇲🇾🇵🇭

  88. Disney Princess of Mars says:

    @6:29 that's an incorrect assessment. The quoted statement, is in reference to the Political contamination of having large numbers of the Communist Party living in your Country.
    Sorry, Chris..still luv u Though 😘

  89. Niv V says:

    Every country is scared to say against China domainace also are greedy for China money for infra. If political party is against tjir view- bring instability regime change – this long term goal – democracy vs dictionary policy democracy is loser

  90. Mae Virtudazo says:

    Nice one 😊! I'll support you! I'm a newbie here, mag-tulungan tayo guys. Hugs?

  91. Franc Dollar says:

    And they can influence the political climate/voting etc.

  92. Franc Dollar says:

    Is anyone still happy about electing Duerte?

  93. little cloud says:

    More likely china is a scamer sooooooo we don't like scamer that means I hate China sorry

  94. Evans Ejams says:

    malaysia♥️ Philippines neighbor country, respect. prime Minister malaysia, love neighbor country… peace..!!

  95. Evans Ejams says:

    as veteran politician pm mahathir concern about that…!! Chinese set up cheese at mouse trap, you eat you die..!!

  96. asmodeus asteroth says:

    Duterte was proud,
    Obama insult the Philippines
    USA is so condescending
    China said hey nah,,, what ever
    Yes pride is a deadly sin

  97. Serbise Edafos says:

    Say never to Chinese help to rise up our own country, economy in the Philippines must be in our control, bad business for Philippines

  98. Serbise Edafos says:

    I agreed with the Malaysian prime minister, here for short speech from Philippines

  99. Mister Meow says:

    1.1k dislikes came from Dutertards. LOL

  100. M1A2 Abrams Tank The Beast says:

    To be honest in china are scammer and fake

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