Wednesday January 30, 2013
Kuala Lumpur and Beijing all set to sign a raft of agreements
By EILEEN NG
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and China are expected to sign a raft of agreements when Chinese senior leader Jia Qinglin visits the country early next month.
Among them is the highly-anticipated agreement for the setting up of Xiamen University's campus in Malaysia, due to start operating at a 61ha site in Salak Tinggi from September 2015.
“The others are still under negotiation,” Chinese ambassador to Malaysia Datuk Chai Xi said during a briefing at his residence.
Jia, the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference chairman, and his entourage of 60 will be in Malaysia from Feb 4-7 at the invitation of the Malaysian Government.
He will have an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mua'dzam Shah and pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
On Feb 5, Jia and Najib will jointly launch the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park (MCKIP) in Pahang.
Chai said the visit would strengthen friendly ties, upgrade cooperation and step up common development between both countries.
“Jia's visit will not only mark the grand opening of our bilateral relations for this year, but also a comprehensive blueprint for future relations,” he said.
Malaysia sees RM1bil foreign direct investment from China this year