Lynas today responded to the comments, stating: "We welcome the Prime Minister's comments acknowledging the importance of the continuation of the Lynas operations in Malaysia".
"We are too small to have any effect on a huge company like Huawei, whose research is far bigger than Malaysia's entire research capability".
Malaysia says it will send back some 3,000 metric tonnes (330 tons) of non-recyclable plastic waste to countries including the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia in a move to avoid becoming a dumping ground for rich nations.
The Malaysian leader, who gave the keynote speech for the conference, had urged for other nations' issues with China to be solved through negotiation and not force.
"It is worth it to talk to each other and stop this confrontation", he said.
Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad attends a press conference in Tokyo on May 30, 2019.
"It was unexpected for us", Buenafe said in a forum in Quezon City. "China will react by growing their military capability", he said.
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Yeo suggested that the reports on Dr Mahathir's remarks may not have focused on his actual stand on the matter.
"We have to accept that the USA cannot forever be the supreme nation in the world that can have the best technology".
It is not in favour of China's political moves in the region but support Beijing's Belt & Road Initiative seen as a means of conquest of Asia and Africa by the American administration.
He added that the United States has to get used to the reality of a more competitive China, which has caught up and arguably surpassed America in areas such as scientific research and technology.
"If I am not ahead, I will ban you, I will send warships - that is not competition", Mahathir stressed.
"So we try to make use of their technology as much as possible". "That way we know how much we owe and how much we have to pay in the special currency of East Asia". He says the current currency trading is manipulative while precious metal can be used to evaluate the exports and imports among East Asian countries.
Mohamad also spoke about the influence of the USA and how it was disadvantageous for the global market to be tied to the currency of a nation state. That currency must relate to the local currency as to the exchange rate, and that is something that can be related to the performance of that country.