(BRF) 2nd Ld-Writethru: Xi praises Malaysia for Belt and Road cooperation; deals signed

2017-05-13 14:45:54 GMT2017-05-13 22:45:54(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

BEIJING, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping saidSaturday that Malaysia was an early supporter of the Belt and RoadInitiative and has become one of the countries that benefited themost from it.

Xi told visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on the eveof the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation that Chinawill continue to increase bilateral cooperation under theinitiative.

Najib said the Belt and Road is a historic initiative that willbring huge changes to the region and the world at large, addingthat Malaysia will actively participate in it.

Xi said the China-Malaysia relationship is currently at its bestever and the two sides will continue cooperation in the areas ofculture, counter-terrorism, education, industrial parks, lawenforcement, rail projects, security and tourism.

China will advance the comprehensive strategic partnership withMalaysia to further improve bilateral ties, he said.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also met with Najib Saturday. The twowitnessed the signing of a series of bilateral agreements onalignment of development strategies, cooperation on inspection andquarantine, infrastructure and others.

Li said he appreciates Malaysia's active response to the Beltand Road Initiative. Beijing will continue to supportChina-Malaysia industrial parks in China's Qinzhou and Malaysia'sKuantan, and expand cooperation on infrastructure. The two willcontinue to work together on security issues, he said.

Najib said Malaysia aims to cooperate with China in e-commerceand tourism, while continuing joint efforts on building railwaysand industrial parks. Malaysia will also promote relations betweenChina and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Enditem

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