The Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Mr Jia Qinglin made a three-day visit to Malaysia from Feb 4 to 6 during which he had an audience with the Yang Dipertuan Agong Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, met Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak and Dewan Negara President Abu Zahar in Kuala Lumpur.
Mr Jia and Dato Seri Najib also attended the launching ceremony of the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park (MCKIP), a Malaysia-China joint-venture project on Feb 5.
In his meeting with Dato Seri Najib, Mr Jia conveyed the good wishes from Premier Wen Jiabao and other Chinese leaders, noting that efforts from both sides in recent years had brought new vigour and vitality into the bilateral relationship.
China and Malaysia are trustworthy and reliable friends that understand, support and help each other and see each other as a partner that provides opportunity for development, he added.
Economically, the two countries are partners, mutually complementary and benefiting, with increasingly fruitful cooperation in various fields serving as pioneers in Chinese relationship with other ASEAN countries.
The extensive bilateral cooperation has helped lay a sound foundation for friendship between the two countries, Jia said, adding that China valued the strategic vision Dato Seri Najib had demonstrated in promoting China-Malaysia ties.
He said China wished and supported the long-term stability and prosperity of Malaysia and would hold fast to the road of peaceful development and would follow a win-win strategy in opening up it economy.
China will always remain a staunch force upholding peace and promoting development. China will adhere to the policy of good neighbourliness and ensure that China’s development will bring more benefits to neighbouring countries, he stressed.
He stated that the 18th CPC National Congress had set the goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects in China by 2020 and the twelfth five-year plan was well under way.
“China is glad to see that Malaysia is also striving to realize its Vision 2020 aimed at a comprehensive transformation of its economy,” he said.
“The two countries should make the most of the preferential policies within the framework of China-ASEAN Free Trade Area and should further their strategic cooperation in the development of the Qinzhou and Kuantan industrial parks and in the fields of finance, law enforcement and aerospace technology.
“Efforts should also be made to promote people-to-people relationship and exchanges in culture, education and tourism.”
Dato Seri Najib praised the joint efforts made by leaders of both countries over the past years, saying that Malaysia-China relationship had become more mature and mutually beneficial.
“With deepening cooperation in investment, science and technology, and education, bilateral ties are well positioned
for long-term development.” He said.
Noting China’s strategic position and influence, he said Malaysia valued the strong relationship and mutual trust with China, and counted on the leading role of the Chinese economy.
“Malaysia is ready to make concerted efforts with China to push the bilateral relationship to a new level.”