Saifuddin on official visit to China for HLC meeting

by ANIS HAZIM / Pic by TMR FILE PIX

MALAYSIAN Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah will undertake a two-day official visit to China from today (Dec 3), at the invitation of the State Councilor and China Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Wisma Putra said the visit is in conjunction with the inaugural meeting of Malaysia-China High-Level Committee (HLC) on cooperation in the post-Covid-19 era, which was officially established in April 2021.

The meeting will be co-chaired by Saifuddin and Wang in a hybrid format, where senior officials from relevant ministries in Putrajaya and Beijing will participate virtually.

“The HLC is the ministerial-level bilateral mechanism between Malaysia and China. Both Ministers will discuss a wide range of collaboration to further strengthen the Malaysia-China comprehensive strategic partnership. 

“Areas of cooperation include trade and investment, science and technology, digital economy, commodities and agri-business, health diplomacy, cultural diplomacy, education and tourism,” Wisma Putra said in a statement today.

It said both ministers will also review regional and international developments.

“This visit signifies the strong partnership and readiness of both Malaysia and China to undertake recovery efforts, as well as promote growth and prosperity for the two nations, following the devastating impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic,” it added.

The visit will be held in accordance with Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) codified by both governments.

Saifuddin is accompanied by senior officials from the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MoFA).