China ready to sweeten ties


KUCHING: China’s 13th five-year economic plan will be designed with this country’s 11th Malaysia Plan in mind, says Fu Jijun, the new Chinese consul general to Sarawak.

Speaking at the pre-Chinese New Year gathering here on Friday, Fu said China was committed to intensify business and cultural trade with Sarawak, describing current relations as the “best ever”.

“China and Malaysia face each other across the sea. Both countries conduct mutually beneficial cooperation, learning from one another. China and Malaysia are at a critical stages of economic transformation and upgrading,” Fu said.

He was honored to work in Kuching and felt the “huge responsibility of my duty”.

The new consul general replaced Liu Quan, who served in Sarawak for two years until early this month.

Fu described Sarawak as a wide region with rich resources and huge potential.

“The Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy provides a cooperative platform for Chinese investors. Last year, Yunnan and Fujian Provinces signed the letters of intent for friendly ties with Sarawak. I am confident cooperation between China and Sarawak will enter a new historical stage.”

Sarawak is a component of China’s “Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road”, he added.

Guest of honour Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud said Sarawak shared common values with China.

“I’ve been to China four or five times. I have found Kunming very charming. It reminds me of Sarawak with its many races. I feel comfortable visiting China and, of course, on maintaining our relationship,” Taib said.

He said Sarawak’s core value was peace and harmony. “Everyone in this state celebrates Chinese New Year. Let’s toast to good friends and wishing everyone ‘gong xi fa cai’.”

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