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Premier Wen Jiabao Holds Talks with Malaysian Prime Minister Ahmad Badawi
2005/12/15

On December 15, 2005, Premier Wen Jiabao of the State Council held talks with Malaysian Prime Minister Ahmad Badawi in Kuala Lumpur. Both sides reached broad consensus on deepening the strategic cooperation between both countries.

Wen said that last year China and Malaysia agreed to develop strategic cooperation to upgrade bilateral relations to a new level and inject new vitalities into the bilateral cooperation in every area. Since then, the two countries have maintained frequent high-level contacts, resulting in the consolidation of mutual political trust. New progress has been achieved with the economic and trade relations. The trade volume between China and Malaysia accounted for newly one quarter of the total trade volume between China and ASEAN. Both countries have further strengthened the exchange and cooperation in science, technology, culture, education, health, national defense and other areas and maintained sound coordination and collaboration on major regional and international issues such as the reform of the United Nations and East Asian cooperation.

Wen said that the Chinese and Malaysian governments are formulating the next 5-year plans. It is our common need to strengthen the cooperation. The Chinese side would like to work with the Malaysian side to strengthen the cooperation in the following areas: first, maintaining high-level contacts and enhancing mutual understanding and trust; second, the two foreign ministries should work together to formulate joint action plans for China-Malaysia strategic cooperation and make concrete arrangements for the cooperation in every area; third, further expanding bilateral trade, promoting energy cooperation and discussing the common exploration of the gas and oil resources in South China Sea; fourth, strengthening the coordination and collaboration in the East Asian cooperation process and pushing for constant growth of East Asian cooperation.

Badawi said that Malaysia-China relations continue to expand and deepen and both sides have benefited from this relationship. The development of China is rather an opportunity than a threat to Malaysia. We regard China as a reliable friend. Malaysia and China are developing rapidly. The Malaysian side hopes that both sides establish closer economic and trade linkage, expand trade, increase two-way investment, and strengthen the mutually beneficial cooperation in energy, finance and other areas.

Badawi responded that I am greatly concerned of the offense against Chinese citizens in Malaysia. I instructed to establish an independent investigation committee to have a public investigation over the incident. Malaysia has not formulated any discriminatory policy against Chinese citizens and we welcome more Chinese to come to our country.

Wen indicated that the Chinese government attaches great importance to this incident. We have noticed that Your Excellency Prime Minister and the Malaysian government give top priority to it and have established an investigation committee. You also send your Interior Minister to China to explain what happened. I hope that the Malaysian side takes further measures to find out the facts, punish the criminals, stop similar incidents from happening again, and create conditions for the regular exchanges of personnel between both countries.

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