14 memorandums of understanding exchanged between Malaysia and China

PUTRAJAYA (June 19): A total of 14 memoranda of understanding and agreements (MOUs and MOAs), protocols and joint statements involving nine Malaysian ministries and agencies were exchanged between Malaysia and China on Wednesday in the presence of Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and Chinese Premier Li Qiang.

The documents were exchanged during the first-ever official visit of a Chinese premier to Malaysia to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Li is in Malaysia for a three-day visit that ends on Thursday.

The nine Malaysian ministries involved were the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry (Miti), Ministry of Finance (MOF), Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Ministry of Housing and Local Government, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti), Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, and Ministry of Communications.

On behalf of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, two MOUs were exchanged on Strengthening Investment Cooperation in Digital Economy and Promoting Investment Cooperation in Green Development.

Apart from the MOU, Malaysia and China also signed the second cycle of the five-year plan for Malaysia-China economic and trade cooperation to further deepen industrial collaboration in priority areas such as high-standard manufacturing and digital economy.

The programme will also deepen collaboration in research and development in robotics, entrepreneurship, innovation, start-ups, agriculture and primary industries.

Regarding the Ministry of Communications, two MOUs were exchanged: the first on media cooperation with China Media Group, and the second to strengthen cooperation in the postal sector between the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission and the China State Post Administration.

Under the Ministry of Finance, a joint statement document on the National Single Window Initiative for Cross-border Trade was exchanged, under the Ministry of Health, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of higher education, and under Mosti, a memorandum of understanding on a talent exchange program in science and technology were exchanged.

A memorandum of understanding was signed with the Ministry of Housing and Local Government in the areas of housing and urban development.

Earlier, Anwar and Li held a closed-door meeting to discuss bilateral ties between the two countries and exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Anwar later hosted lunch for PM Li and the Chinese delegation before they departed for the Shangri-La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

PM Lee is also due to meet Malaysia’s King Ibrahim later on Wednesday.

Both Anwar and Lee will attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the East Coast Rail Link in Gombak and will conclude their Wednesday itinerary with a dinner to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic ties.

China has been Malaysia’s largest trading partner for 15 consecutive years since 2009. Last year, total trade with China was worth RM450.84 billion, accounting for 17.1% of Malaysia’s global trade.

To summarise, diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on 31 May 1974 through a joint statement signed by then Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak and Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai.

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