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KUALA LUMPUR: President Xi Jinping welcomes improved ties between China and Malaysia through their upgraded five-year economic programme and invites more of his countrymen to invest here.
“I encourage Chinese companies to actively participate in Malaysia’s development projects.
“We will continue to encourage financial institutions in both countries to deepen their cooperation,” he said in his keynote address at the Malaysia-China Economic Summit at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here yesterday.
Xi, making his first state visit here since taking office in March, hailed the 2013-2017 programme as a way for both nations to make the most of their respective trade strengths.
The programme encourages economic and trade cooperation as well as business and investment opportunities for the private sector in areas that include agriculture, infrastructure, information and telecommunications, logistics and retail, tourism and the halal industry.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak described the five-year cooperation programme as “the beginning of a new stage” in Malaysia-China relationship.
He said it set out a clear vision of their common ambition, which was to deepen bilateral and economic relations and forge an elevated strategic partnership.
Xi meets former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today, the last day of the president’s visit here.
Meanwhile, in his Facebook posting, Najib hopes the deep-rooted relations between Malaysia and China would continue to remain strong.
The Prime Minister said he gave an interview to China’s Xinhua news agency and CCTV China on the relationship between the two nations on the eve of Xi’s state visit to Malaysia.
In both media interviews, Najib said Xi’s visit signalled Beijing’s desire to maintain warm ties with Malaysia, which he believed would advance on a strong footing under China’s new leadership.
Najib said he planned to visit China and looked forward to working with Beijing on major events to mark the 40th anniversary of their diplomatic ties.
Najib said Malaysia-China relations had developed by “leaps and bounds” since 1974 when his late father Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, then the Malaysian prime minister, paid a historic visit to Beijing and forged ties with China.
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