China has been harshly critical of nearby Malaysia over its handling of the downed Malaysian Airlines flight 370. Chinese citizens even went as far as to stage a heated protest outside of the Malaysian embassy in Beijing. A number of Chinese citizens died in the crash, so feelings of remorse and even anger may be justified, but channeling them towards an entire nation of Malaysians who had nothing to do with the crash is not. Recently, Malaysians have taken to various social media platforms to voice their frustration with China for such antagonistic behavior.
Many feel that China is being sharply hypocritical, as it called for greater transparency from the Malaysian government throughout the investigation. These individuals pointed out that China currently has one of the least transparent government regimes and therefore should not be admonishing others for similar levels of guardedness. The Malaysian government seems to have mixed feelings about its populations backlash towards China. On the one hand, they are happy to see a surge in nationalistic pride. On the other hand, however, Malaysia does not want to tarnish its trade relationship or stifle the influx of Chinese tourists into its borders. Ultimately, I expect the animosity will be contained within the confines of the virtual social media world without having any negative economic effects of any kind.