Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s visit to China in conjunction with the 35th anniversary of China-Malaysia diplomatic ties has received wide coverage from the local media.
Most local papers carried the special Chinese media special interview with Najib in Kuala Lumpur, as well as an article written by Najib in his blog www.1Malaysia.com.my on his first official visit to China after being appointed Malaysia’s Prime Minister.
Najib is scheduled to arrive for a three-day official visit to China at 6.45pm local time (which is the same with Malaysian time) at the Beijing Capital International Airport Tuesday.
Two major English newspapers, the China Daily and Global Times, carried the article written by Najib in his blog which among others said that he hoped the bilateral ties between Malaysia and China would be further strengthened, and the outcome would help spur Malaysia closer to the vision of 1Malaysia.
Najib also said that his first official visit as prime minister to China would also retrace his late father’s footsteps as he would be meeting Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao during the visit.
Najib said his late father, Tun Abdul Razak Hussain, the second Prime Minister of Malaysia, had forged Malaysia’s bilateral relationship with China and it marked a historic era at a time when the country was still entrenched in its closed-door policy to most of the world.
Abdul Razak made the historic visit to China in 1974, which led to the establishment of diplomatic ties between Malaysia and China and opened a new chapter in bilateral relations.
Malaysia became the first member country of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to establish diplomatic relations with China.
Najib’s article in both papers were printed “in half broadsheet and half tabloid respectively, with catchy headlines “China and Malaysia: A new era of rapport” and “China and Malaysia usher in a new era of cooperation.”
Meanwhile, a Chinese language paper Xin Jing Bao published a full page on a joint special interview by Xinhua News Agency, People’s Daily and Xin Jing Bao with Najib, at his residence Sri Perdana, Putrajaya on May 18.
The report also carried a photograph of Najib at his office at the Prime Minister’s office in Bangunan Perdana Putra in Putrajaya.
Najib, who arrived Tuesday, would be welcomed by his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao at a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People on Wednesday evening, which would be followed by a bilateral meeting and official banquet hosted by Wen Jiabao.
During the visit, Najib is expected to pay a courtesy call on President Hu Jintao.
China, in a recent statement, regards Najib’s visit as an important one as it would further enhance bilateral relations between the two countries.
Its Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ma Zhaoxu said the visit would also deepen the strategic cooperation between China and Malaysia and lift bilateral relations to a higher level.
Source : Bernama