Malaysia’s relations with China have come a long way. At present, Kuala Lumpur enjoys very close ties with Beijing, as symbolised by the reopening of the Bank of China in 2001 in the capital after an absence of nearly fifty years. This state of relations is a far cry from the 1950s, when relations were rather hostile. Despite the establishment of formal ties between the two countries in May 1974, suspicions lingered for another two decades. Only in the 1990s did ties begin to fully bloom when the interests of both sides converged. While economic ties have been steadily growing over the years, the relationship has also tended to encompass regional and international political issues. However, despite the obvious good relations that exist between the two countries, there exists some degree of hesitancy and concern over the future of China.