Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin Meets with Wang Yi

On October 13, 2020 local time, Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin met with visiting State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Kuala Lumpur.

Wang Yi first conveyed heartfelt greetings to Muhyiddin from Chinese leaders and expressed his appreciation for the virtual meeting with Muhyiddin in home quarantine. Wang Yi said, in facing the COVID-19 outbreak, China and Malaysia have extended assistance to each other, working together with solidarity to tide over this trying time, which fully demonstrates the brotherhood and friendship between the two countries. Both China and Malaysia have always put people and their lives front and center, which is crucial for the two countries to take the lead in dispersing the shadow of the pandemic. As the prolonged pandemic requires regular prevention and control of the disease, China is also willing to strengthen all-around cooperation with Malaysia and push for greater development of China-Malaysian Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in the post-COVID-19 era. China is a reliable friend and partner for Malaysia in the long run no matter how the situation changes.

Wang Yi added, China is willing to work with Malaysia to deepen cooperation in COVID-19 response and is willing to provide successfully developed COVID-19 vaccines based on Malaysia's need. Both countries should establish a high-level inter-governmental committee as soon as possible to explore and plan bilateral cooperation in the post-COVID-19 era. China will encourage its enterprises to invest in Malaysia, deepen cooperation under the ambit of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), actively participate in key projects such as the Malaysia-Singapore High Speed Rail, and expand cooperation in emerging fields such as digital economy, 5G, and satellite navigation.

Wang Yi pointed out, Malaysia is a founding member of the ASEAN as well as the promoter and initiator of East Asia Cooperation. China attaches great importance to Malaysia's important role in regional cooperation, and is willing to work with Malaysia to guide the East Asian leaders' meetings to focus on East Asia and cooperation, maintain ASEAN's centrality as well as regional stability and development to further upgrade and elevate China-ASEAN relations. China also supports Malaysia in hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings for positive outcomes, and works with Malaysia to uphold multilateralism and free trade to facilitate global economic recovery.

Muhyiddin asked Wang Yi to convey his cordial greetings to Chinese leaders. Muhyiddin said, Malaysia considers China as an important partner, and bilateral relations have made significant progress in recent years with deepening cooperation in economic, social, cultural, defense and other sectors. China's successful containment of the COVID-19 is very encouraging for Malaysia. Malaysia appreciates China's great support for Malaysia's fight against the pandemic. Malaysia is looking forward to cooperate with China on COVID-19 vaccines and supports the establishment of the bilateral high-level committees to guide cooperation in the post-COVID-19 era. Malaysia welcomes more Chinese enterprises to invest in Malaysia, and is willing to work with China to promote cooperation under the BRI framework and further strengthen cooperation in areas including agriculture, aquaculture, electronics and digital economies. Malaysia will continue to play an active role in elevating ASEAN-China cooperation, and remain committed to deepening bilateral cooperation under the APEC framework.

On the same day, Wang Yi and Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein also held meetings and jointly met with journalists.

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