Beijing, 18 January 2023 (TDI): China is looking forward to strengthening its ties with Malaysia. On January 17, 2023, Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang had a phone call with Malaysian Foreign Minister Zambry Abdul Kadir.
Qin Gang expressed that China is ready to work with Malaysia. He also said that China wants to take the opportunities of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the China-Malaysia comprehensive strategic partnership this year.
Furthermore, China wants to avail the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations next year to push bilateral relations to a new level.
The Chinese side added that it is ready to work with the new Malaysian government to fully leverage the role of the China-Malaysia high-level committee and other mechanisms.
This will continuously advance high-quality Belt and Road cooperation, and make solid progress in key projects.
Moreover, the Foreign Minister underlined that China will deepen cooperation with countries in the region to jointly safeguard regional peace and stability.
It also looks forward to working with Malaysia to deepen and substantiate the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Qin Gang said that the Malaysian government and various sectors of the society hold objective and just views on China’s pandemic prevention policy.
Additionally, the Foreign Minister acknowledged that Malaysia welcomes Chinese tourists to their country. Qin Gang said that he believes that with joint efforts, the two sides will soon restore normal personnel exchanges.
Statements made by Malaysian Foreign Minister
Zambry congratulated Qin Gang on taking office as Chinese Foreign Minister. He also said that his country and China enjoy a long-standing friendship.
The Foreign Minister underscored that Malaysia regards China as an important partner. It attaches great importance to its relations with China and is ready to strengthen high-level exchanges.
Malaysia is looking forward to cultural and people-to-people exchanges with China. In addition, it wants to tap the potential of Belt and Road cooperation, so as to strengthen China and Malaysia’s bilateral ties.