On the afternoon of March 21, 2013, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang held telephone talks with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak.
Offering his congratulations to Li on his endorsement as the new Chinese premier, Najib said Malaysia will work with China to maintain friendly relations and promote cooperation in such areas as trade, science and technology, tourism, education, law enforcement and culture so as to foster closer relations between the two nations.
Li thanked Najib for his congratulations. Li said that the Sino-Malaysian relations are developing smoothly with deepening traditional friendship and mutual political trust. Sino-Malaysian cooperation in various areas has stood at the forefront of China's cooperation with ASEAN countries.
Li said China's new government will, as always, attach great importance to its ties with Malaysia. China stands ready to work with Malaysia to promote cooperation, boost coordination in international and regional affairs and jointly safeguard the sound, steady development of China-ASEAN relations so as to make fresh important achievements in strategic cooperation between the two nations, the Chinese premier said.