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Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou Holds the Fourth Round of China-Malaysia Strategic Consultation with Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dato' Sri Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob of Malaysia

2019/04/16

On April 16, 2019, Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou held the fourth round of China-Malaysia strategic consultation with Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dato' Sri Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob of Malaysia in Beijing.

Kong Xuanyou expressed that the Chinese side regards Malaysia as a trustworthy friend and partner. Malaysia is always committed to developing its friendly relations with China regardless of the changes in its domestic situation. The Chinese side praises that he Malaysian government, especially Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad himself, attaches great importance to the relations with China and actively supports the Belt and Road Initiative. Since this year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, we should take it as an opportunity to carry forward traditional friendship, enhance high-level exchanges, and grasp the crucial opportunity period of cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative to promote China-Malaysia relations for greater development.

Dato' Sri Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob said that Malaysia sees China as an important cooperation partner, appreciates and looks forward to China's important role in international and regional affairs. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad expects to come to China for the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation and hold important meetings with Chinese leaders very much. The Malaysian side is willing to continuously develop with the Chinese side to better benefit the two countries and peoples.

Both sides also exchanged views on such issues as the South China Sea issue, relations between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, reform of the World Trade Organization, and reform of the United Nations Security Council.

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