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U.S. Relationship

Beautiful view of colorful stairs of Batu caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Panorama
Beautiful view of colorful stairs of Batu caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Panorama

U.S.-Malaysia Relations

The U.S. established diplomatic relations with Malaysia in 1957, following its independence from the United Kingdom, but has had a consular or commercial presence in the area comprising modern day Malaysia since the 1800s. The U.S. and Malaysia elevated the bilateral relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership in April 2014. Today, Malaysia is a significant regional and global partner for the
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Beautiful view of colorful stairs of Batu caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Panorama

U.S. Assistance to Malaysia

U.S. assistance to Malaysia focuses on education, exchanges, cultural heritage preservation, counterterrorism, non-proliferation, and security cooperation. The U.S. Fulbright English Teaching Assistant program in Malaysia is among the largest in the world, helping improve the English language skills of thousands of Malaysian secondary school students. Exchange programs promote engagement with secondary school and undergraduate students, Fulbright Scholars, agricultural fellows, and
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Beautiful view of colorful stairs of Batu caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Panorama

Bilateral Economic Relations

The U.S. and Malaysia meet frequently to discuss bilateral trade and investment issues and to coordinate approaches on APEC, ASEAN, and the WTO. Bilateral trade in goods with the U.S. was $50.2 billion in 2017. Malaysia is the United States’ 19th largest trading partner and the second-largest trading partner among the 10 ASEAN members in Southeast Asia. The U.S. is
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Integrated Country Strategies

The Integrated Country Strategy is the four-year strategy articulating U.S. priorities in a given country. The Chief of Mission leads the strategy.

Investment Climate Statements

The Investment Climate Statements analyze a variety of economies that are or could be markets for U.S. businesses and provide information on the business climates.

Fiscal Transparency Report

The Fiscal Transparency Report analyzes government transparency and identifies needed changes to improve public spending accountability.

The U.S. delivers COVID vaccines to Malaysia.

COVID-19 Vaccine Deliveries

Since July, 2021 the United States has donated 1,000,350 safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses with the people of Malaysia. This includes 1,000,350 Pfizer doses. Of the 1,000,350 vaccine doses, 100% were donated through bilateral agreements.

The United States is committed to leading an international and coordinated effort to accelerate access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines to meet global needs. The United States is working with other governments and partners including COVAX, Caricom, and the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) to protect communities from COVID-19 and apply lessons from this pandemic to enhance health security now and in the future.

Learn more about our work Delivering Vaccines and on COVID-19 Recovery.

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