NANNING, April 1 (Bernama) — Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak held a meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during his one-day working visit here Sunday.
This is the third meeting between the two leaders since Jiabao’s visit to Kuala Lumpur last April. They met again in this southern capital of Guangzi province five months ago when both of them officiated at the China-Asean Exposition (CAEXPO) 2011.
The warm and cordial meeting reflects the commitment by both leaders to further boost economic cooperation between Malaysia and China.
China is currently Malaysia’s largest trading partner, with trade volume exceeding US$54 billion (RM165.3 billion) last year.
After the talks, Najib and Jiabao witnessed the signing of a joint-venture MoU between two Malaysian companies, namely Rimbunan Hijau Group and SP Setia Berhad Group, and China’s Chian Guangxi Beibu Gulf International Port Group and Qinzhou Jingu Investment Company.
Najib and Jiabao had lunch together before proceeding to Qinzhou for the official launch of the Qinzhou Industrial Park (QIP), a joint-venture project between China and Malaysia.
The park, which has a total planned area of 55 sq km near the Qinzhou Free Port facing the Beibu Gulf, will be developed in three phases over 15 years. The Qinzhou port is China’s port closest to Asean countries.
The park development will focus on, among others, residential areas, industrial factories, offices and commercial buildings.
Also present during the meeting were Malaysian International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed and Malaysia’s special envoy to China Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting.
Earlier, party secretary of Guangxi province Guo Shengkun and Governor Ma Biao called on Najib.
Najib and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, arrived here early Sunday morning from Malaysia.
Source : Bernama