Dr Wan Azizah calls on Chinese VP in Beijing


DEPUTY Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (picture), who is on a four-day official visit to China from Monday, made a courtesy call on Chinese VP Wang Qishan in Zhongnanhai, Beijing, yesterday.

Dr Wan Azizah arrived at 9.25am (same time in Malaysia) and, during their meeting, the two leaders discussed various issues of mutual interest.

The deputy PM and her delegation arrived in the capital of China at 3.20pm on Monday.

She is on her maiden official visit to China since she was sworn in as deputy PM on May 21, following Pakatan Harapan’s victory in the last general election.

After her meeting with Wang, Dr Wan Azizah also held a bilateral meeting with Vice Premier Sun Chunlan.

The vice premier is in charge of the National Working Committee on Children and Women under the State Council.

Among the things discussed at the meeting were the continuous efforts to strengthen Malaysia-China relations, apart from following up on the status of decisions reached during PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed’s visit in August 2018 and April 2019.

Bilateral cooperation in education, agro-commodity, agriculture, women development, tourism and culture were also discussed in the meeting.

In the evening, Dr Wan Azizah was scheduled to visit Dongsi Mosque and meet Muslim community representatives in China and the mosque leadership.

Her second day visit ended with a meeting with the Communist Party of China International Liaison Department director Song Tao, followed by a dinner hosted by him.

Accompanying her in the visit were Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun, Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik, Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Marzuki Yahya and Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Sim Tze Tzin. — Bernama