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China, Malaysia vow to promote bilateral relationship

Updated: Oct 8,2014 10:12 AM     Xinhua

State Councilor Yang Jiechi (R) meets with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Oct 7, 2014.[Photo/Xinhua]

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has voiced his country’s readiness to support Chinese President Xi Jinping’s initiatives to build the 21 century Maritime Silk Road and establish an Asian infrastructure investment bank.

Malaysia will actively involve and coordinate in them and broaden and deepen the two countries’ cooperation in all fields, Najib said during a meeting with visiting Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 7.

Najib said that as comprehensive strategic partners, Malaysia and China enjoy broad fields of cooperation and huge potentials, adding that it is of critical importance to Malaysia and Asia that China’s economy maintains strong growth.

Yang said China is willing to maintain high-level communications and continue cooperation with Malaysia for new achievements.

Yang welcomed Najib to attend the informal leaders’ meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation to be held in Beijing next month, saying China would like to work together with Malaysia to propel the meeting to reach its expected results.

On his part, Najib said he is expecting to attend this important meeting, and Malaysia will maintain close communication and coordination with China.

Yang said that China supports Malaysia’s rotating chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) next year, and will work with Malaysia to promote the healthy development of China-ASEAN relations and the construction of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

Yang also held talks with Hishamuddin Hussein, representative of the Malaysian government and defense minister, and had a telephone conversation with Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman who was in New York to attend the UN General Assembly.

According to diplomatic sources, Yang also exchanges views with other Malaysian officials and both sides agreed to deepen cooperation in law enforcement, security and counter-terrorism, and continue bilateral friendly consultation on properly handling the South China Sea issue to maintain peace and stability.