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Open a new channel for China-Malaysia ties

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

11-24-2015 17:57 BJT

By Gu Jianjun, post doctorate of Central Compilation and Translation Bureau

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attended the East Asian Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Nov. 20-23. China and Malaysia are neighbors with a long history of friendly exchanges. Zheng He, a Chinese navigator during the Ming Dynasty (14-17th century) sailed to Malacca five times on seven major sea voyages.

  

His dedication to peace and  helping others remain a cultural legacy for bringing the two countries together. Many beautiful tales of Zheng He had spread among local people throughout the region.

After establishing diplomatic relations in 1974 and a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2013, Beijing and Kuala Lumpur have joined hands to move forward on regional communications. 

High-level bilateral exchanges have been frequent over the recent years, achieving fruitful results in trade, investment, finance, humanities and more. China has been the largest trade partner of Malaysia for the past seven consecutive years, and Malaysia is China's third largest trade partner in Asia. In 2014, bilateral trade volume stood at over 102 billion US dollars, accounting for one fifth of China's trade volume with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Holding a strategic position in the Malacca strait, Malaysia is an important country for the Sea Silk Road.

As one of the founding members of the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Malaysia took the lead in dialogues with China and has played a significant role to promote its cooperation between China and ASEAN.

Malaysia has many ethnic Chinese with strong family ties here, who have contributed positive strength to the economic development and social harmony of the nation. Meanwhile, during China's Wenchuan earthquake in 2008, Malaysians donated over 200 million yuan (Chinese currency, renminbi) for relief efforts.

The two sides have shown sincerity, friendship, mutual benefits and win-win results as their common aspirations conform with the times, according to Li's signed article that was published in major Malaysian newspapers ahead of his trip. Li pointed out that the two countries' development strategies hold much in common.

As China is advancing the Belt and Road initiative, encouraging mass entrepreneurship and innovation, while transforming and upgrading its economic structure, Malaysia is moving ahead on a New Economic Model for more robust growth. Li called on the two nations to draw on their respective strengths in an effort to boost cooperation on production capacity.

"We may encourage more enterprises to take part in the development of industrial parks in Qinzhou and Kuantan, to enhance infrastructure building and increase connectivity," he said. "Such cooperation will produce huge development dividends for steady growth and make life better for our peoples."

Premier Li exchanged views with Malaysian counterparts on bilateral relations, calling for synchronizing development strategies, enhancing pragmatic cooperation, lifting the comprehensive strategic partnership to a new level.

 

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