King bids goodbye, expresses thanks to Chinese Ambassador Bai Tian

PETALING JAYA: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has bid goodbye to Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Bai Tian, whose tenure will end on Nov 27 after three years of service.

Comptroller of the Royal Household of Istana Negara Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said the King also expressed thanks to the ambassador, particularly in strengthening bilateral relations and cooperation.

“Sultan Abdullah expresses his deepest gratitude to Bai Tian and Chinese President Xi Jinping for the continued assistance and contribution the Chinese government has extended to Malaysia since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic earlier this year.

“The King also welcomes the commitment given by the Chinese government to list Malaysia as the main recipient country of the Covid-19 vaccine they are developing, ” he added.

His Majesty said he hoped that the supply of Covid-19 vaccine to Malaysia could be accelerated and also be a catalyst for the expansion of scientific cooperation and collaboration between the two countries.

His Majesty noted that Malaysia and China still recorded positive growth in terms of trade volume despite global trade being affected by the pandemic.

“This reflects the sustainability and resilience of the Malaysian and Chinese economies, which complement each other.

“Sultan Abdullah hopes that the intimacy, bilateral cooperation and diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China can be further strengthened for common interest and economic well-being, ” he added.

China was among the first countries to provide donations and assistance to Malaysia, supplying two million face masks, 120,000 personal protective clothing (PPE) and 200 ventilators as well as eight medical consultants at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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