Forum heralds 50th anniversary celebrations of M'sia-China ties

Yang Han in Kuala Lumpur

Forum heralds 50th anniversary celebrations of M'sia-China ties

The Malaysia-China Commemorative Forum opened on May 7 in Kuala Lumpur as the two countries will celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations later this month.

Aiming to explore ways to enhance China-Malaysia relations, the forum brought together government, business, academic and think tank leaders, together with speakers — including Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Ouyang Yujing and Malaysia's Deputy Minister of Energy Transition and Water Transformation Akmal Nasrullah Mohd Nasir — to discuss how to deepen the bilateral partnership and the future of Asia.

The forum is co-organized by China Daily, Kuala Lumpur-based think tank KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific, and the Malaysia-China Business Council. Nearly 300 delegates from both countries attended the event.

Melaka Governor Mohd Ali Rustam will attend the forum and present the Special Malaysia-China Business Excellence Awards.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations on May 31, 1974, China and Malaysia have witnessed important cooperation results in various fields, and bilateral relations have developed steadily.

China has been Malaysia’s biggest trading partner for 15 years in a row and Malaysia is China’s second largest trading partner in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The two countries’ cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative has yielded fruitful results in infrastructure, digital economy, green development and new energy vehicles.