KUALA LUMPUR: A city in the western province of Guizhou in China has signed three memorandum of understanding with industry players in Malaysia to boost exchanges in trade, tourism and culture.
Representatives of the Liupanshui city government pledged to promote closer cooperation with their Malaysian counterparts for mutual benefit.
Liupanshui deputy party secretary Wei Xiongjun said at an event here that the city’s efforts were in line with China’s Belt and Road initiative, which aimed at connecting the Asia-Pacific region.
“An international perspective is crucial in playing a part in the 21st century Maritime Silk Road, and in order to do so, we need key strategic thrusts.
“As Malaysia is the first country in the region to establish bilateral ties with China, we hope to be able to penetrate into Asean through our visit here this time,” he said.
The event also aimed at promoting Liupanshui as a tourism and investment destination for Malaysians.
MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, who is also the Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister, witnessed the MoU signing ceremony.
Liupanshui signed MoUs with Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC), Malaysian Chinese Tourism Association and Zheng He Duo Yun Xuan Art Gallery respectively.
Chew, in her speech, hoped it would create a platform to enhance interactions and deepen the strategic cooperation between the two countries.
“For the period between January and August this year, total trade with China increased by 1.4% to US$36.59bil (RM163bil).
“While total exports decreased by 9.6% to US$14.45bil (RM64.59bil), total imports grew 10% to US$22.15bil (RM99bil),” she said.
MCCC vice-president I Loo Kok Seong said that the chamber had successfully organised its sixth Malaysia-China Entrepreneur Conference in Chengdu, Sichuan province, recently, with MoUs worth 2.3bil yuan (RM1.49bil) signed.
The MoUs signed covered the areas of technology, agriculture, tourism, education, among others, he added.