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Premier Li, Malaysian PM meet the press

Updated: Aug 20,2018 5:58 PM

Premier Li Keqiang and visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad met the press after a talk at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Aug 20.

Both spoke highly of the talk, saying it was honest, pragmatic, highly efficient and deep. They agreed that the continuous development of bilateral relations is in accordance with the willingness of both peoples, and a goal of the government of the two countries.

They also consented to holding on to the friendly relations, agreed to be partners in trade and investment, industrial cooperation, and innovative development, to benefit the two peoples.

Premier Li said the Chinese government attaches great importance to China-Malaysia relations, and China will not change its policy on developing friendly relations with Malaysia and promoting pragmatic cooperation.

China is willing to join hands with Malaysia to build new cooperation format, and explore cooperation in e-commerce, upgrade of traditional industries and technological innovation, said the Premier.

He also said the two parties are glad to expand two-way opening-up through industrial capacity and industrial cooperation, and are willing to promote a more balanced bilateral trade through expanding scale.

China would also like to increase the import of quality products from Malaysia to meet the needs of Chinese consumers, he added.

Premier Li stressed that the significance of China-Malaysia relations has already gone beyond the bilateral scope. Against the current global situation, the two sides agreed to jointly safeguard free trade, protest trade protectionism and promote the healthy development of economic globalization, he added.

He also said China and Malaysia are devoted to the establishment of East Asian Community and support the central role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in regional cooperation.

The two sides should jointly send positive signals of continuous friendship, and secure regional peace, stability and development.

Mahathir said China is Malaysia’s important partner, and that the bilateral relations and cooperation will benefit the two sides.

Malaysia would like to learn from China’s experiences in its fast development in innovation and entrepreneurship, improving bilateral cooperation standards in e-commerce and innovation, he said.

As Asian countries, both Malaysia and China are proud of Asia’s value, and are willing to jointly support globalization, and safeguard the open, free and fair international economic order, said the Malaysian prime minister.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission He Lifeng also attended the press conference.