China will work with M’sia to enhance Covid-19 vaccine development, says outgoing envoy Bai Tian

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 01 Oct 2020

PETALING JAYA: China will work together with Malaysia to enhance cooperation in developing a vaccine for Covid-19, says China’s ambassador to Malaysia Bai Tian (pic).

He said China will continue to be with Malaysia in the battle of pandemic control and economic recovery.

“Going forward, China will work together with Malaysia and enhance our cooperation in vaccine development and the resumption of production.

“We will continue to fight the battle of pandemic control and economy recovery side by side, shoulder to shoulder.

“We will fight as one until we win as one,” he said in his speech during an online reception in conjunction with China’s National Day and his farewell on Thursday (Oct 1).

He noted that China also looks forward to collaborating with all countries to promote international solidarity and cooperation and to uphold multilateralism and international justice.

“Together we can put an end to regional conflicts and global issues, together we can revive the global economy back to growth and prosperity. Together we can build a better future for our children,” he said.

Bai Tian said that 2020 is a special year as he would be concluding his term and returning to China since assuming office on Nov 28, 2017.

“I am going home in a few weeks’ time, but my heart will stay here,” he said, adding that the many challenges in the past three years have strengthened the friendship and cooperation between Malaysia and China.

“The mutual trust between China and Malaysia has become stronger, the prospect of our cooperation has become broader, the quality of our cooperation has become higher, and the resilience of our bilateral ties has become tougher.

“We are now having more friends in Malaysia from all walks of life,” he said.

Bai Tian noted that the bilateral economic cooperation between the two countries has been gradually expanded from the lower industry chain of manufacture, trade of primary products, and contract construction to high-end electronics, biomedicine and green energy.

“Our bilateral trade volume, the Chinese investment in Malaysia and the number of Chinese tourists visiting Malaysia keep rising to new heights year by year.

“Our cooperation in science, education, culture, defence and other areas has all borne fruitful results,” he said.

Bai Tian also said he would never forget a Malay proverb that he has repeated countless times, bukit sama didaki, lurah sama dituruni (together let's overcome obstacles).

“It is a vivid testimony of the profound friendship between two true friends who always come to help each other in times of need,” he said, adding that he would cherish all the great memories and bring them back with him to China.

Thanking Malaysia and the people’s support for him and the embassy, Bai also extended his wishes for Malaysia to have political stability and social harmony in the coming years.

“I hope Malaysians will accomplish more achievements in nation-building and once again let the world hear the roar of the Tiger of Asia. I wish China and Malaysia could continue to have close mutual trust and mutually beneficial cooperation,” he added.

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