Wang Yi Holds Talks with Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah of Malaysia

On September 12, 2019, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah of Malaysia in Beijing.

Wang Yi said, China-Malaysia relations have profound historical and cultural heritage and always enjoy a rapid and stable momentum of development in spite of international vicissitudes. Over the past one year and more since the new government of Malaysia came into power, China-Malaysia relations have maintained continuous and sound development. The Chinese side always views China-Malaysia relations from a strategic and long-term perspective, and is ready to work with the Malaysian side to deepen the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries, jointly safeguard regional peace and stability, and promote regional development and prosperity.

Wang Yi pointed out, this year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relationship between China and Malaysia, and it presents an important opportunity for the improvement and upgrading of China-Malaysia relations. We need to maintain the momentum of high-level exchanges, strengthen the top-level planning of our bilateral relations, and firmly grasp the general direction of friendship between the two countries. Under the framework of the joint building of the Belt and Road Initiative, we should promote high-quality practical cooperation in various fields and build the joint industrial parks in Qinzhou, China and Kuantan, Malaysia into an important node of the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). We need to tighten people-to-people and cultural bonds, increase personnel exchanges and consolidate the popular support for China-Malaysia friendship. We should make use of the newly-established bilateral consultation mechanism on China-Malaysia maritime issues to enhance mutual trust, properly manage differences, strengthen dialogue and cooperation, and jointly safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea. We should work with other ASEAN countries to accelerate the consultations on the Code of Conduct for all parties in the South China Sea.

Wang Yi said, unstable and uncertain factors are increasing in the current international situation. The two countries should take a clear stand against unilateralism, protectionism and hegemony, unswervingly defend the multilateral trading system, and safeguard international fairness and justice. China has always firmly supported the ASEAN in playing a central role in East Asian cooperation and is willing to strengthen coordination and cooperation with the ASEAN to speed up the negotiations on the regional comprehensive economic partnership, and promote greater development of East Asian cooperation. The Chinese side supports the Malaysian side in assuming the host of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) next year and will cooperate with Malaysia to make preparations.

Saifuddin Abdullah said, Malaysia-China friendship enjoys a long history, with fruitful cooperation outcomes. The new Malaysian government attaches great importance to its relations with China and is willing to maintain close high-level exchanges with the Chinese side, strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and deepen practical cooperation, so as to elevate the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries to new highs. The Malaysian side actively supports and participates in the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative and is ready to accelerate the projects of the joint industrial parks in Qinzhou, China and Kuantan, Malaysia with the Chinese side, drive the construction of the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor, and promote regional connectivity. Congratulating on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, the Malaysian side admires China's development achievements. Malaysia welcomes more Chinese companies' investment in Malaysia, and will continue to cooperate with Huawei and other Chinese companies in the fields of scientific and technological innovation and communication technology. As China is the closest partner of the ASEAN, the Chinese side is welcome and expected to continue to play its important role in promoting regional peace and development. The Malaysian side is ready to work with the Chinese side to promote the consultations on the Code of Conduct for all parties in the South China Sea. The Malaysian side has always advocated that all countries in the world should respect each other and live in peace, and is willing to work with the Chinese side to maintain multilateralism, safeguard the free trade system, and uphold the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. The Malaysian side is willing to maintain close communication with the Chinese side on the South China Sea issue and regional affairs, and jointly promote East Asian cooperation and coordination within the framework of the APEC.

The two sides also exchanged views on regional issues of common concern.

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