PUTRAJAYA, Oct 7 – Malaysia-China cooperation including in dealing with the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and major joint ventures, were among the subjects discussed by a high-ranking Chinese politician with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, here today. The visiting State Councillor Yang Jie Chi called on Najib, who is also the Finance Minister, at the Finance Ministry here.
Also present were the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to China, Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting, China’s Ambassador to Malaysia Huang Huikang and Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Liu Zhenmin.
Ong said during the 40-minute meeting, Najib and Yang exchanged views on the ongoing major joint-venture projects including the China-Malaysia Qingzhou Industrial Park in Qingzhou, China and its sister park Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park in Gebeng, Pahang and Xiamen University’s Malaysia Campus in Sepang.
“The discussions went very well. The Chinese government views seriously on proposals and suggestions by the Malaysian government and all the cooperations both countries are undertaking in terms of economic, trade cooperation, regional cooperation and also education,” he told Bernama after the meeting. Ong said Yang, who is on a two-day visit to Malaysia starting today, also conveyed messages from Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese premier Le Keqiang to Najib to reaffirm the good relationship with Malaysia.
Ong also said that China reaffirmed that Malaysia continued to be a good neighbour, close friends and would do everything possible to deepen the good relationship further. “They appreciate our prime minister’s visionary and the good (bilateral) relationship which was established 40 years ago,” he said. During the meeting, Najib and Yang also discussed the preparation for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Meeting 2014 which will be held in Beijing this November, he said.
On the missing MAS flight MH370, Ong said both Najib and Yang reaffirmed the cooperation and good understanding under the trying times to overcome challenges. “We will continue to work together and implement everything possible in the search and also in dealing with the unfortunate incident,” he said.
The Beijing-bound Boeing 777-200 aircraft, with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board, disappeared about an hour after leaving the KL International Airport at 12.41 am on March 8. The fate of those on board flight MH370 is unknown as the multi-national search for the aircraft whose flight path was believed to have ended in the southern Indian Ocean, has drawn a blank, thus far.
Credit : BERNAMA