Expanding Malaysia-China relations: Students focus on business, cultural and technology opportunities

Written by Wan Muhammad Asra Wan Razali

KUALA LUMPUR, April 23 (Bernama) — Malaysia and China have fostered strong ties since establishing diplomatic relations 50 years ago. This bond was further developed under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Jiang Chengao, an undergraduate student from China who is currently studying at Universiti Malaya (UM), emphasized that the relationship between the People’s Republic of China (China) and Malaysia is developing in many dimensions.

He expressed optimism about continuing this positive trajectory.

“Under the leadership of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, there have been many beneficial developments for both countries,” Jiang said.

Mr. Jiang emphasized the importance of the Southeast Asian market for China and pointed out Malaysia’s strategic position as a destination for Chinese investment.

“Malaysia offers promising financial and business opportunities for Chinese companies to cooperate with local peers,” he said.

As trade tensions continue between China and Western countries, Jiang said Malaysia provides a suitable environment for Chinese companies to partner with local companies, promoting the production of high-quality Malaysian brands. said.

“This cooperation between companies is mutually beneficial. Malaysia’s market size may be small, but joint efforts can significantly enhance the growth of Malaysian companies,” Jang told Bernama. explained.

The final year media students also discussed cultural exchange and emphasized the importance of understanding and appreciating each other’s customs.

“Increasing interaction between Chinese and Malaysian people can bridge the cultural gap and promote mutual understanding. Some Chinese people have an outdated view of Malaysia, and Malaysia I think it’s still developing.”

“On the contrary, some Malaysians perceive China as stuck in the past. This perception is outdated. Both countries have made great progress.”

When asked about his decision to study abroad in Malaysia, Jiang simply answered, “Food.”

“I love the local food here,” he exclaimed.

Despite facing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Movement Control Order (MCO), Jiang’s love for Malaysian cuisine remained unwavering.

“During the MCO period, they delivered free food to my room. I missed local food so much that when I returned to Malaysia, the first thing I ate was mie goreng,” he said. Ta.

Looking back on his first visit to Malaysia with his family in 2014, Jiang said he was captivated by the warmth of the people here.

“My parents encouraged me to study in Thailand for the entertainment scene, but I felt Malaysia was more peaceful. People here focus on work and family, and live a simple, relaxed life. ” he concluded.

Xiaoheng Lee, an undergraduate economics student at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), recently shared with Bernama the positive experiences she has gained living and studying in Malaysia.

Xiaoheng spent more than two years in Malaysia and expressed his admiration for the friendly people, peaceful environment and rich cultural experiences Malaysia offers.

One thing that Xiaohen particularly appreciates about Malaysia is the friendliness of the people.

“The friendliness of Malaysian people is truly heart-warming. I feel like Malaysia is my second home because the bus drivers greet me with a smile during my daily commute, and it’s easy to make friends. ” he said.

Mr. Shaoheng also highlighted Malaysia’s relaxed academic environment, highlighting the reduced academic pressure compared to his homeland.

He is optimistic about continuing his studies with a master’s degree in Malaysia, inspired by his brother who is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).

The diverse cultural and culinary experiences in Malaysia also left a strong impression on Xiaohen.

“Exploring a place like Penang Island is so much fun, with its vibrant culture, fascinating art scene and mouth-watering local cuisine,” he said.

Xiaoheng, from China’s inland Hunan province, expressed a new appreciation for the beauty of Malaysia’s coast.

“Being surrounded by the ocean and experiencing the soothing waves of the ocean was a refreshing change for me,” he added.

Mr Xiaoheng reflected on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China and highlighted the potential to strengthen ties through tourism.

He believes that increased travel between the two countries will not only strengthen diplomatic relations but also significantly contribute to the growth of the tourism sector.

Furthermore, Xiaoheng sees promising opportunities for cooperation between Malaysia and China in the field of technology, particularly artificial intelligence (AI).

“With China’s growing interest in cutting-edge technology, Malaysia has the potential to develop innovative AI solutions that will attract Chinese investment,” he explained.

He believes that such cooperation could pave the way for strengthening bilateral relations and mutual benefits for both countries.

In conclusion, Mr. Xiaoheng’s positive experience in Malaysia reflects the growing relationship between Malaysia and China with opportunities for further cooperation in various areas including tourism and technology.

— Bernama

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