On July 12, 2022 local time, Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob met with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who was visiting Malaysia upon invitation, in Kuala Lumpur.
Wang Yi first conveyed Chinese leaders' cordial greetings to Prime Minister Ismail, and said that China and Malaysia enjoy a traditional friendship spanning over a thousand years and are strategic partners of mutually beneficial cooperation. China-Malaysia relations have withstood the test of changes in the international landscape and respective domestic situations, and maintained a sound and steady momentum of development, bringing important well-being to the two countries and two peoples, and making positive contributions to peace and prosperity in the region and the world at large. China is ready to take the opportunity of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries next year, as well as the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Malaysia the year after next, to determine new directions, set new goals, plan new priorities and open new chapters for the development of bilateral relations in the next stage. It's important to strengthen all-round cooperation between the two sides in connectivity, digital economy, green development and agriculture, among others. China encourages and renders support to Chinese enterprises to invest and do business in Malaysia, with a view to helping Malaysia accelerate its industrialization.
Wang Yi said, China has always viewed China-Malaysia relations from a strategic and long-term perspective, supported Malaysia in playing an important role in regional and international affairs, and appreciated Malaysia's attendance at the High-level Dialogue on Global Development as an important representative of developing countries and emerging markets, as well as Malaysia's positive contributions to building consensus on global development. In the face of the intertwined changes and turbulence in the international situation, China is ready to strengthen solidarity and cooperation with Malaysia to inject more stability into today's world.
Wang Yi said, the vision of a "World Family" put forward by Mr. Prime Minister and a community with a shared future for mankind proposed by President Xi Jinping share similar concepts and same goals. China is ready to strengthen synergy with Malaysia, and go hand in hand in the direction of building a China-Malaysia community with a shared future, so as to inject new connotations into the friendship between the two countries in accordance with the trend of the times, and contribute the strengths of China and Malaysia to the progress of humanity.
Ismail asked Wang Yi to convey his cordial greetings to Chinese leaders, and thanked China for providing invaluable support for Malaysia in fighting the pandemic. He said, Malaysia-China relations are of vital importance, and bilateral friendship dates back to ancient times. Malaysia was the first ASEAN country to establish diplomatic relations with China, with pragmatic cooperation between the two countries yielding fruitful results and major projects progressing smoothly. Malaysia has high expectations for the future of bilateral relations, and stands ready to deepen connectivity and bilateral cooperation in various fields, and explore a way to actively participate in the Pan-Asia railway network cooperation. More Chinese enterprises are welcome to invest in Malaysia and carry out cooperation in 5G and other high-tech fields, so as to help Malaysia achieve innovative, inclusive and sustainable development.
Ismail said, Malaysia attaches great importance to the important initiatives recently put forward by President Xi Jinping, and appreciates the Chinese side's efforts to contribute China's proposals to global governance. The Malaysian side is ready to strengthen communication and coordination with China in multilateral affairs, work in concert to address pressing global challenges such as food security, jointly maintain peace and stability, and champion fairness and justice.
The two sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.