China, Malaysia extend bilateral cooperations

DM Monitoring

KUALA LUMPUR: China and Malaysia have reached a series of consensus on a wide range of issues including strengthening bilateral cooperation, fighting COVID-19, upholding multilateralism, and maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea, among others, visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here on Tuesday. Speaking at a joint press conference with Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein following their bilateral meeting, Wang said his visit is the first by a Chinese foreign minister to Malaysia since the COVID-19 outbreak and he is also the first foreign minister that Malaysia has officially hosted since then, which speaks volumes about the high level of the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Malaysia. It also demonstrates the good tradition of mutual trust and mutual support between the two countries.
Facing the unprecedented challenges, China and Malaysia have been working together with solidarity to tide over this trying time, achieving great progress together in responding to the COVID-19 and deepening the friendship between brothers and neighbors, he said. Trade and investment between China and Malaysia have bucked the trend by registering growth, while bilateral cooperation across the board has been moving forward continuously, he said, adding that the bilateral relationship has been showing strong resilience and China-Malaysia cooperation is set to embrace even brighter prospects. During his visit to Malaysia, the two countries conducted in depth and wide ranging exchange of views on how to tackle the current challenges and how to grow China-Malaysia relations in the long term, after which a series of important consensus have been reached, Wang said. Both countries have agreed to strengthen strategic coordination. To enhance cooperation in the post COVID-19 time, the two countries will set up a high level committee for cooperation led by the two foreign ministers and will formulate framework documents for inter-governmental cooperation so as to take forward the cooperation in various areas in a coordinated manner, and to bring the China-Malaysia comprehensive strategic partnership to a higher level, he said.