‘Na­jib’s visit much an­tic­i­pated’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY KONG SEE HOH

HUA Zong (Fed­er­a­tion of Chi­nese As­so­ci­a­tions of Malaysia) pres­i­dent Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah said Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Abdul Razak’s lat­est visit to China has tre­men­dous strate­gic sig­nif­i­cance for Sino-Malaysian ties.

This is par­tic­u­larly so at a time when the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Malaysia and the United States is not at its best, Pheng said in a state­ment re­leased to the Chi­nese press a day be­fore Na­jib be­gan his of­fi­cial visit to China yes­ter­day.

He said Na­jib’s visit, his third as the prime min­is­ter, is much an­tic­i­pated by the peo­ple of both coun­tries as it presents an­other his­toric op­por­tu­nity for yet closer co­op­er­a­tion.

“I hope that apart from en­hanc­ing bi­lat­eral trade re­la­tions and over­com­ing (some mar­itime dis­putes) in the South China Sea, the lead­ers of the two coun­tries can also make break­throughs in cer­tain ar­eas such as the pend­ing recog­ni­tion of more Chi­nese uni­ver­sity de­grees by Malaysia, award­ing the Kuala Lumpur-Sin­ga­pore High Speed Rail project to Chi­nese bid­ders and speed­ing up co­op­er­a­tion on real es­tate and port projects.”

Pheng pointed out that the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two coun­tries has not stopped strength­en­ing since diplo­matic ties were es­tab­lished 42 years ago, with re­cip­ro­cal vis­its by their re­spec­tive lead­ers.

The ties were fur­ther ce­mented three years ago with their up­grad­ing to that of a com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship dur­ing Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s visit to Malaysia.

In an exclusive in­ter­view with Xin­hua ahead of his visit, Na­jib said he re­gards China “as a true friend and a strate­gic part­ner” and that the re­la­tion­ship has “cre­ated ben­e­fits not just for the peo­ple of our two na­tions but also for re­gional sta­bil­ity and har­mony”.

“It is a re­la­tion­ship I am per­son­ally com­mit­ted to; not just as the prime min­is­ter of Malaysia, but also as the son of Tun Razak – our for­mer prime min­is­ter who first es­tab­lished diplo­matic re­la­tions with China 42 years ago,” he said in writ­ten re­sponses to Xin­hua.

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