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Envoy: China-Malaysia ties to further improve under Dr M

The Star Online logo The Star Online 24/5/2018

Mahathir Mohamad standing posing for the camera © Provided by The Star Online PUTRAJAYA: Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Bai Tian says China-Malaysia relations will further improve with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s second term in office.   

He called on the Prime Minister at the Perdana Leadership Foundation here on Thursday, saying that Dr Mahathir is a well-respected, long-term friend of the Chinese people.   

Bai, in a statement, said Dr Mahathir had previously laid a solid foundation for China-Malaysia relations, including initiating the China-Asean cooperation.   

He said China is looking forward to working with the new Malaysian Government to advance cooperation in a spirit of equality, mutual trust and mutual benefits.   

“We appreciate that you openly reiterated your support for the Belt and Road initiative and welcomed Chinese investment, shortly after assuming office.   

“China always regards Malaysia as an important partner for the 21st century maritime silk road and is ready to promote the Belt and Road initiative together with Malaysia, striving for the common prosperity and development of the two countries and the building of an Asian Community of Common Destiny,” he said.   

He said both countries are standing at a historical juncture, blessed with huge potential and bright prospects.

“Both countries shall work together for common development and prosperity,” he said.   

This is also the inherent essence of President Xi Jinping’s idea of building a community of shared future for mankind, which echoes well with the Asian values Dr Mahathir has consistently promoted.   

Dr Mahathir said China has always been a close friend and important partner of Malaysia.   

“The new government of Malaysia will further enhance the all-round cooperation with China especially in political, economic and trade fields,” he said.   

He said in recent years, China has achieved phenomenal success in economic development, infrastructure building including rail systems, technological advancement in areas like agriculture production.   

“Malaysia can learn from China and share the good practices and experiences of economic and technological development. There are many things to do together between the two countries.   

“Malaysia welcomes Chinese investment and expects further growth of bilateral pragmatic cooperation,” he said.   

Bai also invited Dr Mahathir to visit China and the Prime Minister pointed out it has been quite a few years since his last trip to China and was looking forward to visiting the country again.

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