Kuala Lumpur, 15 July 2022 (TDI): The King of Malaysia, Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, met with the visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Both sides discussed matters of bilateral cooperation in key sectors of mutual interest. 

They also talked about expediting cooperation and advancing progress on Belt and Road Initiative projects. 

Remarks of the King:

The Malaysian King said that while being the largest strategic partner, China is also the largest trading partner of Malaysia. He added that China and Malaysia had made significant progress in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

King Abdullah also commented on economic cooperation and said that the two sides had made great strides on the industrial park projects, which have significantly added to economic development in Malaysia.

The supreme head of state also commented that Malaysia welcomes Chinese investment and looks forward to increased interconnectivity on BRI projects. 

Remarks of the Chinese Foreign Minister:

The Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reiterated that China had been the largest trading partner of Malaysia for 13 years. He said that the two countries enjoy “all-round’ cooperation, which has rendered mounting benefits in terms of development.

In addition, he said that China is ready to bolster development strategies and enhance the quality of projects under the BRI. He said that China is willing to allow Malaysia to utilize its resources to the fullest and take advantage of its location.       

Furthermore, commenting on strategic cooperation between the two countries, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that China seeks to collaborate with Malaysia in adherence to the open regionalism policy and safeguard peace, stability, and development in the region.

Chinese Foreign Minister’s meeting with his Malaysian counterpart:

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with his Malaysian counterpart Saifuddin Abdullah as well. He said that China is ready to improve strategic communication with Malaysia and share development opportunities to expedite common development agendas.

Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said that Malaysia welcomes Chinese plans to build deeper cooperation with ASEAN nations in light of the ASEAN-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership covering key sectors such as development, food security, and free trade.