BEIJING: Malaysia hopes to establish greater bilateral cooperation with Chinese businesses in the fields of medical health tourism, cybersecurity and smart city technology, says Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
The Deputy Prime Minister said there were many sectors the two countries could tap into for mutual benefit.
"We are looking forward to a fair and win-win partnership with China in agro-based businesses, medical health tourism, cybersecurity and safe city technology.
"Another important sector is the halal industry, ranging from logistics, food, travel, lifestyle to finance," she told Malaysian media here on Wednesday (July 10) following a roundtable meeting with some 40 leaders from prominent Chinese corporate companies.
She said Malaysia welcomed quality global investments including from China, especially in capital intensive, high-skilled and technologically advanced projects that support its sustainable development agenda.
"With China's expertise in robotics and artificial intelligence as well as knowledge-intensive sectors, we welcome strategic collaborations between both countries to spur the growth of our manufacturing base," she added.
China has been Malaysia's number one trading partner for the past 10 years, while Malaysia remains one of its largest trading partners in Asean.
As the world's second-largest economy, China has also been Malaysia's largest foreign investor in the manufacturing sector for the past three consecutive years, primarily in the paper, electronics and electrical, transport, plastics and basic metals.
Dr Wan Azizah is on a four-day working visit to China from July 8 - 11.