SEPANG, April 27 (Bernama) — Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived at the Bunga Raya Complex, Kuala Lumpur International Airport here 3.30pm today to begin a two-day official visit to Malaysia.
Wen was greeted on arrival by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon and Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.
He is being accompanied by a 118-member delegation, including four ministers.
This is Wen’s second visit to Malaysia after attending the first East Asia Summit and the ninth Asean-China Summit and Asean Plus Three Summit held in Kuala Lumpur in 2005.
Wen’s visit is to reciprocate Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s 2009 visit to the mainland when the Joint Action Plan on Malaysia-China Strategic Cooperation was issued.
In a statement Tuesday, Wisma Putra said several agreements and memoranda of understanding would be signed during this visit while both premiers are also scheduled to attend the Malaysia-China Economic, Trade and Investment Forum Thursday.
Wisma Putra said the visit would allow Malaysia and China to take stock of the development of bilateral cooperation in various areas and follow up on agreements achieved during Najib’s visit two years ago.
Relations between the two countries were elevated to strategic partnership covering 12 key areas of cooperation, including politics, economics and education.
Malaysia’s bilateral trade with China rose more than six-fold over the past 10 years, reaching US$45.66 billion last year, compared with US$6.27 billion in 2000.
In 2010, China was Malaysia’s largest trading partner, second largest export destination and largest source of import.
Meanwhile, Malaysia is China’s eight largest trading partner, 16th largest export destination and seventh largest source of import.
Source : Bernama