BEIJING: “Old friend” was how Beijing Foreign Studies University’s (BFSU) Malay Studies Centre director Prof Wu Zongyu described Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“I am very optimistic about the future of Malaysia-China relations especially after he became Prime Minister,” Prof Wu said after Najib received an honorary doctorate of international relations.
The Chinese, he said, would never forget his father, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, for his immense contribution to the diplomatic ties between Malaysia and China.
“Datuk Seri Najib has brought his children and his mother to come along for his official visit as Prime Minister.
“Three generations of this family have been building friendly ties between Malaysia and China,” he said.
Commending the second Prime Minister’s decision in 1974 to establish ties with China, Prof Wu said he believed the ties would be further strengthened for generations to come.
“The university has a very deep friendship with Datuk Seri Najib because of his direct contribution to our school,” he said.
In 1997, the BFSU Malay Studies Centre was set up after suggestions by Najib who was then Education Minister, said Prof Wu, who has been the centre’s director since it was established.
“When Datuk Seri Najib became the Deputy Prime Minister, he visited us again in 2005.
“We are already old friends,” he said, describing Najib’s family as “zhongguo you hao zhi jiao” â€“ the close friends of China.
Source : The Star