Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in Beijing on Thursday, pledging to boost cooperation with the country in diverse areas and cement their all-round strategic partnership.
Xi hailed the progress of relations since diplomatic ties were established 42 years ago, citing mutual respect, trust, win-win cooperation and close communications.
He urged both countries to maintain frequent high-level exchanges, deepen political trust, keep to the right direction of bilateral relations and continue to support each other on issues related to each other’s major concerns.
Xi called on the two sides to combine their development strategies, and to lay a solid foundation for stronger trade cooperation.
China welcomes Malaysia’s participation in the Belt and Road Initiative, and is ready to work with the country to increase cooperation in areas such as infrastructure, energy, technology, agriculture and finance, he said.
Xi also urged stronger bilateral cooperation in education, culture, health, media, and in fighting terrorism and cross-border crime.
Najib congratulated the successful convening of the sixth plenary session of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee last week, and praised China’s economic and social development.
It is proven in practice that socialism with Chinese characteristics is a correct choice for China, he said.
Calling the two countries friendly neighbors and trustworthy friends, he said Malaysia-China ties are currently at their highest level.
Malaysia is glad to see China’s Belt and Road Initiative get a warm response, he said, vowing to facilitate the cooperation in trade, transportation, and port construction, with China under the Belt and Road framework.
Malaysia is committed to boosting ASEAN-China relations, he added.
Najib is on an official visit to China from Oct. 31 to Nov. 5.