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Wen Jiabao Meets with Heads of Malaysia-China Friendship Association and Representatives of Overseas Chinese

On December 13, 2005, Premier Wen Jiabao met in Kuala Lumpur with heads of China-Malaysia Friendship Association and representatives of overseas Chinese and the two sides conducted cordial talks. Wen said China and Malaysia are friendly neighbors since ancient times. Remarkable progress has been achieved in bilateral cooperation in various fields since the two countries established diplomatic ties 31 years ago. Last year we held grand celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Malaysia and this year the two countries launched an event to commemorate the 600th anniversary of Zhenghe's voyage to the Western Seas, which has further promoted bilateral traditional friendship. The leaders of the two nations have maintained contact and bilateral mutual trust is increasing. With the trade volume increasing by over 100 folds more than the time when the two sides established diplomatic ties, bilateral economic and trade cooperation has witnessed outstanding progress. There are more than 1 million person/times of visits between China and Malaysia each year and nearly 100 flights flying between the two countries each week. Around 10 thousand Chinese students are studying in Malaysia and about 1 thousand Malaysian students are studying in China. Visible results have been achieved in China-Malaysia good-neighborly cooperation of friendship. It is hoped that the people from different circles in the two countries can make joint efforts to uplift China-Malaysia friendly cooperative relations to a new height. .

The representatives from Malaysia indicated that they expect to see better relations and enhanced cooperation between Malaysia and China. Former Chairman of Malaysia-China Business Association and former Minister of Transport Ling Liong Sik said China is the initiator of peace, friendship and cooperation in the region and expressed appreciations to China's good-neighborly policies, noting that China's development is an opportunity instead of a threat to its neighbors.

On the same day Wen also met with former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad. Wen spoke highly of Mahathir's long-term commitment to developing China-Malaysia friendly cooperative relations and hoped he could make continued efforts to this end.

Wen also met with the staffs of the Chinese Embassy in Malaysia as well as representatives of Chinese-funded enterprises and overseas Chinese students in the country.

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