Special lecture series to mark 50 years of Malaysia-China ties

KUALA LUMPUR: A special “Master Series” will be held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary celebration of diplomatic ties between Malaysia and China.

Malaysian Education Exchange Association (MEAA) president Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said Fudan University China Research Institute Dean Prof Zhang Weiwei, a renowned scholar in China, will be the first to be part of the inaugural series.

“Prof Zhang is a renowned figure in the field of China studies,” he said during the announcement on Thursday (April 25) at the Tunku Abdul Rahman University of Management and Technology (TAR UMT).

MEAA is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) engaged in education cooperation and exchanges globally.

Dr Mah said the series will be one of the highlights for the Chinese community in Malaysia this year, covering topics such as China studies, political and economic reform, Chinese diaspora, regional development, and global trends.

TAR UMT board of governors chairman Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy said they are honoured to be a partner in the series marking this milestone in diplomatic ties.

“With effort given by the leaders of both countries, we have brought these ties to very high levels,” said Chan, who is also the conference adviser.

The series of lectures is organised by the MEAA in collaboration with several local and international institutions including Chinese intellectual and political programme “China Now”, Universiti Malaya’s (UM) Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Department of Chinese Studies Alumni Association, Malaysian Chinese Research Centre, MCA Public Policy and People’s Livelihood Research Advisory Committee, and TAR UMT.

Among the sponsors are Lee & Man Paper, NiuFu Holding Sdn Bhd, Hai-O Enterprise, Central Oasis and FIVE Petroleum Malaysia.

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