KUALA LUMPUR, May 22 – The bond of friendship between Malaysia and China over the past 40 years has been tested by time, and each time both countries passed with flying colours and emerged stronger, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. He said the current snapshot of Malaysia and China relations was one that was closely connected, multi-faceted and multi-thronged and the tradition of mutual trust in pursuit of opportunities and prosperity continued to be the hallmark of the relationship, one that both could mutually benefit from. Muhyiddin said the situation had also contributed to the harmony and stability in the region as well as the furtherance of its vibrant and dynamic socio-economic development.

“Our two countries have proven to each other to be good neighbours, good friends and good partners who have gone through thick and thin together,” he said in a speech at the reception to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Malaysia here, Thursday night. In conjunction with the historic occasion, the Deputy Prime Minister wanted Kuala Lumpur and Beijing to work together to ensure that Malaysia and China would continue as partners for peace and prosperity as envisioned by the wisdom of both countries’ leaders. Muhyiddin also voiced his confidence that Malaysia and China relations were poised to enter into a new era of cooperative and mutually beneficial endeavours that would make the bond in the next 40 years more memorable.

He added that the year 2014 had been designated by both the governments of Malaysia and China as Malaysia-China Year of Friendly Exchanges to commemorate the 40th anniversary of their diplomatic relations. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak would be making an official visit to China very soon and expected more intensified exchanges to take place thereafter, Muhyiddin said. The Deputy Prime Minister pointed out that the decision by Malaysia s second Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein to establish diplomatic ties with China in 1974 had proven to be a historic milestone in Malaysia s nation building

His mission to Beijing was a journey of goodwill and friendship to sow the seeds of mutual understanding between Malaysia and China. He said the signing of the Joint Communiqu� had opened a new chapter in Kuala Lumpur and Beijing relations and had led both countries to ink numerous bilateral agreements to facilitate the relations to a greater height. “Our two countries have developed and built mutual respect, understanding and confidence as well as strengthened our economic collaboration. “Through our common endeavours, we have galvanised and generated economic opportunities, leading to stronger diplomatic ties between our two countries,” he said.

According to Muhyiddin, the signing of the Five-Year Programme for Economic and Trade Cooperation between Malaysia and China (2013-2017) on Oct 4, 2013 had provided a clear direction and priorities of Kuala Lumpur-Beijing trade and economic cooperation. Muhyiddin also put on record Malaysia s utmost gratitude to the Chinese government for ensuring the arrival of the two giant pandas in this country yesterday. “The two giant pandas named Fu Wa (male) and Feng Yi (female) which arrived yesterday are living testament and symbol of the long standing Sino-Malaysia friendship,” he said.

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