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Premier Wen Jiabao Arrives in Malaysia

Having concluded his two-day official visit to Portugal, Premier Wen Jiabao of the State Council of China arrived in Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia by his special plane on December 11, 2005.

Upon arrival, Wen was warmly welcomed by top Malaysian officials including Minster Radzi in the Prime Minister's Department, the working staffs of the Chinese Embassy in Malaysia, the representatives from Chinese-funded agencies, overseas Chinese students and local Chinese.

In his written speech at the airport Premier Wen said, "at the invitation of his Excellency, Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, I am delighted to attend the 9th ASEAN plus China Summit, the 9th ASEAN Plus China, Japan and ROK Summit and the First East Asia Summit in Kuala Lumpur and pay an official visit to Malaysia, this beautiful and prosperous country. I would like to take this opportunity to convey the cordial greetings and best wishes of the Chinese people to the hospitable and friendly Malaysian people."

Wen also pointed out, "China and Malaysia, as two developing nations, are friendly neighbors enjoying broad common interest. The two countries have conducted productive exchange and cooperation in such fields as politics, economy, trade and culture, and maintained sound coordination and collaboration in international and regional affairs. The development of China-Malaysia relationship complies with the interest of both countries and benefits the peace, stability and prosperity of the region. The Chinese side would like to work with the Malaysian side to advance such relationship.

Wen noted, "during my visit, I will also meet with Malaysian Supreme Head of State Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin, hold talks with Prime Minister Badawi and have extensive contacts with the friendly people from all circles. I believe that this visit will further consolidate the traditional friendship between the two peoples, expand and deepen the strategic cooperation between the two countries."

He also said, "East Asia has become the most robust region in the world. I am expecting to attend the 9th ASEAN plus China Summit, the 9th ASEAN Plus China, Japan and ROK Summit and the First East Asia Summit to exchange views with the leaders of the region on furthering East Asian cooperation in a bid to contribute to the harmony and prosperity of East Asia."

Premier Wen expressed his sincere wish that Malaysia make greater achievements in the process of national construction and the meetings of East Asian leaders come to positive results.

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