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Premier Li visits Malacca to send message of peace

Updated: Nov 23,2015 7:44 AM

Premier Li Keqiang visited Malacca, a port city near Kuala Lumpur, on Nov 22 as the first stop of his official visit to Malaysia.

The Premier received a warm welcome from local people in the port city, where banners bearing greetings in Chinese were posted along the Premier’s route.

In Malacca, the Premier visited Zheng He Museum, which commemorates Chinese intercontinental voyager Zheng He from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), who is believed to have initiated the ancient Maritime Silk Road.

Premier Li said the voyager’s name “He” embodies peace and harmony, a reflection of the Chinese people’s respect for peace and good-neighborliness.

The Premier also inspected the model of an industrial park in Malacca. The industrial park is a major project under construction by companies from Malacca and South China’s Guangdong province, which is expected to become a center of logistics and high-tech marine industries with a deep sea port.

Premier Li said the Chinese government is willing to provide strong support for local cooperation between the two countries.

During his short stay in the city, the Premier also squeezed time to meet several old friends he made during a previous visit to Malaysia 19 years ago.