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Li Keqiang Holds Talks with Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia, Stressing to Take the 40th Anniversary of the Establishment of China-Malaysia Diplomatic Relationship as Opportunity to Enrich the Connotation of the Bilateral Comprehensive Strategic Partnership
2014/05/29

On the afternoon of May 29, 2014, Premier Li Keqiang held talks with Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia at the Great Hall of the People.

Najib Razak said that he would like to extend deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the Chinese people, especially the families of the passengers aboard the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, over the unfortunate incident of the loss of the flight. The Malaysian side is grateful to China for its assistance and cooperation in the handling of the incident, and stands ready to cooperate closely with China and other parties concerned to continue making all-out efforts in the searching operation and investigation work of the next step and in consoling the families of passengers, and to find out a proper approach to deal with the incident.

Li Keqiang said that China has maintained close cooperation with Malaysia and other sides after the incident. We have never stopped searching and placed great importance to the investigation and settlement of the incident. We hope the Malaysian side play well a leading and coordinative role, and work out a new work plan for the search operation at an early date to find out the whereabouts of the flight, and to make a serious investigation over the incident. The Malaysian side should also continue to provide services to the families of the Chinese passengers and place importance to their reasonable appeals, making sure the incident being handled in a proper manner.

Li Keqiang expressed that Malaysia is a friendly neighbor and important cooperative partner of China in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Since the establishment of the bilateral diplomatic relationship 40 years ago, the two governments and peoples have been advancing the great cause of China-Malaysia friendly cooperation. President Xi Jinping paid a visit to Malaysia last year, yielding fruitful results. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the bilateral diplomatic relationship, China is willing to join hands with Malaysia to take this as an opportunity to enhance political mutual trust, strengthen strategic communication, expand and deepen practical cooperation, enrich the connotation of China-Malaysia comprehensive strategic partnership, and boost the interest convergence, realising common prosperity.

Li Keqiang pointed out that the cooperation between China and Malaysia is broad in fields and rich in contents. Hope the two sides to expand economic and trade cooperation by giving full play to the role of the bilateral economic and trade consultation mechanisms and making full use of the policy advantages of China‚ÄďASEAN Free Trade Area, so as to meet the goal of 160 billion USD in bilateral trade by 2017. The two countries should advance the cooperation in infrastructure construction and connectivity, and make joint efforts to push forward the construction of China-Malaysia Qinzhou Industrial Park (QIP) and Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park. Both sides should also boost the cooperation in investment and financing, continue expanding the use of local currency in trade and investment and join hands to step up the efforts in the establishment of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Cooperation in fields such as aviation, defense, judicial affairs, law enforcement, security and agriculture and people-to-people and cultural exchanges should be expanded, the mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples should be further enhanced, and the public foundation in the bilateral relations should be cemented. The two countries should also strengthen the coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs, jointly advancing the China-ASEAN relations and cooperation in East Asia and promoting regional peace, stability and development.

Najib expressed that since Malaysia and China established diplomatic relationship 40 years ago, the bilateral relations have enjoyed a comprehensive and in-depth development and achieved fruitful results. Malaysia-China friendship has condensed so much efforts from generations of state leaders and peoples of both countries that it deserves to be doubly cherished and carried forward by both sides.

Najib agreed on the proposal pushed forward by Li Keqiang on further deepening the bilateral cooperation, and said that Malaysia stands ready to further broaden the bilateral mutually beneficial cooperation in economy, trade, investment, finance, infrastructure construction, agriculture, automobile, people-to-people and cultural engagement and other fields, to jointly explore markets of ASEAN countries, and to actively participate in the building of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and the preparation work for establishing the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, so as to promote common development.

When talking about the South China Sea issue, both sides advocated that countries involved should resolve the issue through direct negotiations, avoid taking actions that complicate and escalate the situation, and effectively safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea.

Prior to the talks, Li Keqiang held a welcoming ceremony for Najib at the Square outside the East Gate of the Great Hall of the People. Vice Chairperson of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Li Haifeng was present.

Following the talks, the two Premiers jointly witnessed the signing of the bilateral cooperative documents in economy, trade, culture, science, technology, investment and other fields. Both sides also announced to establish Consulates-General in Nanning, Guangxi Province, and Penang and Kota Kinabalu of Malaysia.

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