Chi­na, Ma­lay­sia sign in­fra­struc­tu­re, de­fen­se deals

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

CHI­NA - Chi­na and Ma­lay­sia on Tues­day sig­ned agree­ments on rail­ways, ener­gy, de­fen­se, and joint de­vel­op­ment of Ma­lay­sia’s na­val ships, du­ring Ma­lay­si­an Pri­me Mi­nis­ter Na­jib Ra­zak’s vi­sit to Be­ij­ing.

The deals we­re sig­ned af­ter talks bet­ween Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang and Na­jib. They co­ver­ed are­as ran­ging from in­fra­struc­tu­re, agri­cul­tu­re, edu­ca­ti­on, tax, qu­a­li­ty in­spec­ti­on to cus­t­oms and de­fen­se. De­scri­bing Chi­na and Ma­lay­sia as good neigh­bors, part­ners and friends, Li said Chi­na is wil­ling to work with the Sou­t­he­ast Asi­an coun­try to boost neigh­bor­ly coo­p­e­ra­ti­on, sta­bi­li­ty, de­vel­op­ment and pros­pe­ri­ty.

Chi­na will link the Belt and Road Ini­ti­a­ti­ve with Ma­lay­sia’s de­vel­op­ment stra­te­gies and build pi­lot pro­grams for in­du­stri­al coo­p­e­ra­ti­on, Li said.

“Chi­na and Ma­lay­sia can en­han­ce coo­p­e­ra­ti­on in rail­ways, in­clu­ding high-speed rail to streng­then re­gi­o­nal con­nec­ti­vi­ty,” Li said.

He al­so cal­l­ed for fur­ther coo­p­e­ra­ti­on in fi­nan­ce, law en­for­ce­ment, se­cu­ri­ty and cul­tu­re, par­ti­cu­lar­ly the ope­ra­ting of Xia­men Uni­ver­si­ty Ma­lay­si­an cam­pus.

Vi­ce Fo­reign Mi­nis­ter Liu Zhen­min told re­por­ters af­ter the talks that Chi­na plans to join the con­struc­ti­on of rail­ways in Ma­lay­sia’s east coast, and oil and gas pi­pe­li­nes in Sa­bah.

This year marks the 25th an­ni­vers­a­ry of Chi­na-ASEAN dia­lo­gue, and ASEAN will ce­le­bra­te its 50th an­ni­vers­a­ry in 2017.

Pre­mier Li said Chi­na staunch­ly sup­ports the buil­ding of the ASEAN com­mu­ni­ty and its cen­tral role in re­gi­o­nal coo­p­e­ra­ti­on.

Chi­na is wil­ling to en­han­ce com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on and col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with Ma­lay­sia for bet­ter Chi­na-ASEAN re­la­ti­ons and re­gi­o­nal pea­ce and sta­bi­li­ty, he said.

Na­jib said Ma­lay­sia-Chi­na ties are in the best pe­ri­od in their his­to­ry, poin­ting to smooth pro­gress in the joint in­du­stri­al park in Ku­an­tan and Malac­ca.

Ma­lay­sia will work with Chi­na to boost coo­p­e­ra­ti­on in tra­de, in­vest­ment, rail­way con­struc­ti­on, fi­nan­ce, edu­ca­ti­on and de­fen­se to ad­van­ce re­la­ti­ons, Na­jib said.

He said Ma­lay­sia will al­so en­han­ce re­la­ti­ons bet­ween ASEAN and Chi­na for the de­vel­op­ment of the re­gi­on.

Al­so on Tues­day, Chi­na’s top le­gis­la­tor Zhang De­jiang met with Na­jib, who is on an of­fi­ci­al vi­sit to Chi­na from Oc­to­ber 31 to No­vem­ber 6.

(Xin­hu­a­ pho­to: xin­hu­a­

Chi­ne­se Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang (L) holds a wel­co­me ce­re­mo­ny for vi­si­ting Ma­lay­si­an Pri­me Mi­nis­ter Na­jib Ra­zak be­fo­re their talks in Be­ij­ing, ca­pi­tal of Chi­na.

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