BEIJING, May 26 (Bernama) — China regards the forthcoming visit by Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on June 2 as an important one as it will further enhance bilateral relations between the two countries.
Foreign Ministry spokeman Ma Zhaoxu said the visit would also deepen the strategic cooperation between China and Malaysia and lift their relations to a higher level.
He said Premier Wen Jiabao would welcome Najib at a ceremony and hold talks with his Malaysian counterpart.
Najib will also pay a courtesy call on President Hu Jingtao, he told a press conference here Tuesday.
Najib’s visit coincides with the 35th anniversary of China-Malaysia diplomatic ties, said Ma.
He said both leaders will exchange views on strengthening bilateral relations, as well as discuss international and regional issues of common interest.
Ma also disclosed that during Najib’s visit, both leaders will sign a series of agreements.
This will be Najib’s first visit to China as Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, in KUALA LUMPUR, Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong had said Najib’s impending visit to China next month would open a new chapter in the bilateral relations between Malaysia and China.
He said although relations between the two countries began some six centuries ago, Malaysia’s second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein had the foresight to establish diplomatic relations with China in 1974.
Lee said the formalisation of bilateral relations, which started modestly, had seen phenomenal growth in terms of strengthened relations and increased trade, as well as people-to-people contact.
China’s ambassador to Malaysia, Liu Jian had expressed his confidence that Najib’s forthcoming visit to China would see the dawn of a new era in bilateral relations between the two countries.
Meanwhile, Datuk Abdul Majid Khan, the Malaysia-China Friendship Association (MCFA) president, said the visionary decision of Najib’s father in 1974 had brought about excellent friendly relations that Malaysia enjoyed with China today.
Majid, who was Malaysia’s ambassador to China some years ago, said Malaysia and China shared common objectives of peace and development, and that relations between the two countries could only grow stronger in the years to come.
Source : Bernama