Saifuddin on 5-day visit to China


FOREIGN Affairs Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (picture) is on a five-day working visit to China from yesterday until Sept 13 in conjunction with the 45th anniversary of the establishment of Malaysia-China diplomatic relations, said the Foreign Ministry.

It said Saifuddin will have a series of programmes in Shenzhen, Nanning and Beijing during his first official visit to China as foreign minister.

“In Beijing, the foreign minister will pay a courtesy call to China VP Wang Qishan and hold a bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, who undertook his official visit to Malaysia from July 31 to Aug 1 last year.

“Saifuddin is also scheduled to meet the former foreign minister and member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Yang Jiechi,” it said in a statement yesterday.

The ministry said Saifuddin will also be visiting the headquarters of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and Tencent Holdings Ltd in Shenzhen, and the China-Malaysia Qinzhou Industrial Park (CMQIP) in Nanning, as well as meeting with Guangxi provincial leaders.

The CMQIP is the sister park of the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park.

“The official visit by Saifuddin will demonstrate Malaysia’s clear commitment to expanding and deepening further its already strong and comprehensive bilateral collaboration with China.

“Both sides will take stock of the progress of the ongoing efforts and explore new initiatives, especially in the fields of trade, investment, infrastructure connectivity and new advanced technologies, as well as exchanging views on current regional and international issues of common interest,” the ministry said.

China has been Malaysia’s top trading partner for 10 consecutive years since 2009. Last year, the total trade between the two countries was recorded at RM313.81 billion (US$77.72 billion), representing 8.1% increase from 2017. — Bernama