PETALING JAYA: The launch of the "One Belt, One Road" initiative in 2013 has brought new opportunities for the development of China-Malaysia relations, says China's Ambassador to Malaysia Bai Tian.
He said the cooperation between the two countries under the framework of "Belt and Road" is flourishing, with China now Malaysia's largest trading partner and largest source of foreign investment in the manufacturing sector.
"The cooperation between China and Malaysia in the construction area is growing in a broader and deeper direction.
"In this situation, we need to enhance exchanges and interactions between the two governments, and urge Chinese contractors to legally operate under the framework of laws and regulations," he said during a policy briefing that was held for Chinese contractors in Malaysia on Tuesday (Oct 29).
The session, co-organised by the Chinese embassy and the Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB), saw the participation of more than 200 representatives from 66 Chinese contractors.
Bai Tian said more than 100 Chinese contractors have registered in Malaysia, with more planning to operate here.
He told the contractors to hold to the principle of mutual benefit and to keep their eyes on the future while strictly abiding by the two countries' laws, regulations and customs.
CIDB Malaysia chief executive Datuk Ahmad Asri Abdul Hamid said that in recent years, Chinese contractors have played a very active role in the Malaysian construction industry.
In 2018 and 2019, Chinese contractors were involved in 264 projects worth RM31bil.
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