A great success. That is the take from Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s six day official visit to China which ended on Sunday, obtaining the ‘Strategic Comprehensive Partnership’ with the most influential, populous and largest economy in Asia.
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PM in China: Najib describes China visit as most fruitful
BEIJING: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has described his six-day official visit to China this time as most successful, and China’s top leaders describe the relationship with Malaysia as something ‘special’.
“I consider my official visit to China, in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China, as having received very encouraging response,” he told a media conference before leaving for Malaysia.
Najib said that in his meeting with President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang, both the country’s top leaders had emphasised that Malaysia-China relations were most important, and they described it as being most special.
“They give top priority to relations between China and Malaysia,” he said.
According to Najib, from the commitment given and statements expressed by both the leaders, he was most optimistic and certain that future relations between China and Malaysia would be very bright and would be raised to a higher level.
In fact, he added, the treatment accorded was most cordial and Li, who was scheduled to attend a function outside Beijing, was prepared to reschedule his presence at an anniversary celebration at the Great Hall of People yesterday which was also a public holiday in conjunction with the “Dragon Boat Festival”
Asked about his feelings when attending the anniversary celebration at the same venue and date that his father and second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein had signed the agreement for the establishment of diplomatic relations with China, Najib said he felt ‘very emotional’.
“I feel most emotional for two reasons…firstly, the significance that this ceremony takes place at the same venue 40 years ago. And secondly, looking back at the situation in this region during the clod war, the communist threat in Malaysia then and the doubt felt by many regarding the Malaysia-China relations,” he said.
Despite facing various obstacles, Najib said he could imagine how difficult it was for Tun Abdul Razak to make the decision at that time which now showed that it was clearly the right decision.
“What had been done by past leaders had put in place a strong foundation. This relationship is strong despite the various problems, including the MH370 issue. Looking at 40 years from now, based on this foundation, this relationship will bring greater progress,” he said.
Based on this confidence, the Malaysian government would take follow-up action to realise all the resolutions and understanding that had been achieved, added Najib who visited the ancient city of Xi’an before coming to the national capital.
In order to enable more appropriate action to be taken from time to time and to ensure their effectiveness, Najib said he had also decided to set up a special committee for this purpose.
He said the committee would monitor and take the necessary follow-up action by Malaysia so that whatever problems or obstacles that might arise could be resolved more effectively and speedily.
“It’s a committee within the government and we will invite the relevant ministries because now we have upgraded the relationship. It involves many ministries and it is important for us to know what one side is doing and coordinate all the action necessary in a timely manner, so that there will be a fresh momentum to the bilateral relations between Malaysia and China,” he added.
“It will not be a scheduled meeting but it will be a meeting from time to time as and when necessary but at the minimum we will meet at least twice if not more in a year,” he said.
Najib also said that although both countries had differing views on several issues, China stated that it was most comfortable with the approach and methods taken by Malaysia in handling them, especially on the issue on the South China Sea.
“We are not confrontational, we choose to negotiate. We consider that sensitive issues can be tackled rationally and calmly, not in a sensitive manner. The approach that we adopt clearly does not hamper relations,” he added.
Asked whether China had sought Malaysia’s help to become the intermediary in the conflict with the Philippines and Vietnam concerning the issue on the South China Sea, Najib said they had not reached that level.
He said that as the future Asean Chairman in 2015, the issue on the South China Sea would certainly present a major challenge to Malaysia which must find a solution in a manner that would not result in tension.
“We will opt for negotiations and discussions…an approach that will ensure security and stability in the South China Sea,” he added.– BERNAMA
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Published: Monday June 2, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday June 2, 2014 MYT 9:57:33 AM
Najib hails meaningful and successful China visit
BY ERROL OH AND THO XIN YI
BEIJING: After six eventful days in Xian and Beijing for an official visit to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Malaysia and China, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has no doubt that the two countries will be even closer in the years to come.
This is based on the warmth and responsiveness the prime minister experienced in his many meetings and encounters during the trip. In particular, he is encouraged by the fact that he was able to have fruitful discussions with the three top Chinese leaders – President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and National People’s Congress chairman Zhang Dejiang.
Najib said Xi and Li stressed that China’s relationship with Malaysia was very important and should be treated as a high priority.
“Given such commitment and statements, I am optimistic and confident that the Malaysia-China relationship has a very bright future and it can be developed further to yield huge successes,” he told reporters at a press conference on the outcome of the visit.
He said a special committee would be set up to monitor and follow up on actions required on the Malaysian side as a result of Malaysia-China agreements and decisions. This would boost the pace and effectiveness of implementation.
Najib will chair the committee, which will involve many ministries and agencies because the aim is for the two countries to form a comprehensive strategic partnership.
“It is important to know what the various parties (within the Malaysian Government) are doing, and that the necessary actions are coordinated in a timely manner so that there is fresh momentum to the bilateral relations between Malaysia and China,” he said, adding that the committee would meet at least twice a year.
He acknowledged that prior to the trip, there had been concerns whether the MH370 incident would continue to cast a shadow over Malaysia-China ties.
However, he said Xi and Li made it clear that they did not want this issue to jeopardise relations between the two countries, although they too want a resolution. In fact, they want the relationship to grow further.
During Xi’s visit to Malaysia last October, the two countries agreed to upgrade bilateral ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership. At the press conference here on Saturday night, Najib explained that such a relationship extended beyond business and the economy, and entailed working together in all areas including finance, tourism, politics, defence, internal security, science and technology, and people-to-people aspects.
Other main matters raised during this visit include the commitment to increase total trade volume to US$160bil (RM514bil) within five years, and the imbalance in investment flows, given that Malaysia’s investments in China is six times that of China’s investments in Malaysia.
On the anniversary celebration on Saturday at the West Hall of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Najib said it was a very emotional moment for him.
He was moved by the historic significance of the ceremony, especially because it was held at the same place where his father, then Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, and Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai signed the milestone joint communique exactly four decades earlier.
Also, Najib recalled the tense mood in 1974 during the Cold War, when Malaysia was grappling with the threat of communism. At the time, many questioned the wisdom of establishing diplomatic relations with China, but Abdul Razak did not waver.
“I could imagine the difficulties and pressure faced by my late father when making that decision. Over the years, it has proven to be the right move. But at the celebration, I was thinking about how difficult it was for him and the country at that point 40 year ago,” he said.
Accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Najib arrived in Xian on July 27 for an overnight stay. At the ancient city, he launched the Malaysia-Xian Halal Food Festival and visited the Great Mosque of Xian and the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses.
Apart from the anniversary celebration and meetings with key Chinese officials, highlights of the Beijing leg of Najib’s trip included a visit to the Beijing Foreign Studies University, the Malaysia-China High-Level Economic Forum, a luncheon with Chinese entrepreneurs, a joint performance by Permata Seni and the Beijing Students Golden Sail Art Troupe, and the Malaysia-China Friendship Dinner. Najib left Beijing this morning for Kuching.
Najib later tweeted that the trip was an overwhelming success, adding: “My delegates and I are touched by the wonderful hospitality accorded to us by the government of China. Xie xie!”
He tweeted that he was returning home after a “truly meaningful and successful visit” to China, both on a personal and leadership level.
Prime Minister Najib strengthened the friendship Malaysia forged with China that his father Second Prime Minister Tun Hj Abdul Razak Hussein established with then Premeir Zhou En Lai and Chairman Mao Zedong exactly on the date forty years earlier.
President Xi Jinping was very warm in embracing Prime Minister Najib, representing people and Malaysia as a nation, as his “Trusted friend of China”.
Straits Times tory:
Malaysia a ‘trusted friend’ of China: Xi Jinping
Both leaders commit to deepening ties, maintaining regional peace
Published on May 31, 2014
Prime Minister Najib Razak (left) with President Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. — PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
By Kor Kian Beng, China Bureau Chief
CHINA sees Malaysia as a “trusted friend” and “important partner” and hopes both sides together can help maintain regional peace, particularly in the disputed South China Sea, President Xi Jinping told visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.
The two countries are marking four decades of diplomatic relations this year.
Datuk Seri Najib, on a six-day China trip to mark the anniversary, said he supported Mr Xi’s call for claimant-states to maintain “direct” dialogue with one another to resolve disputes, Chinese state media reported yesterday.
Besides Malaysia and China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei and Taiwan also have overlapping claims in parts of the South China Sea. Tensions spiked earlier this month after China moved an oil rig to waters near the disputed Paracels also claimed by Vietnam.
It is evidently clear that China appreciated Malaysia’s initiative as the first ASEAN nation to formally recognise Peoples’ Republic of China and came to then Peking, as a ‘friend’ exactly forty years ago.
President Xi Jinping wish to see this ‘friendship’ be extended for another forty years.
In the first half of the visit, Prime Minister Najib and Premier Li Keqiang discussed a lot of bilateral issues. China is Malaysia’s largest trading partner and growth in expected. More of FDIs from China would be expected to pour into Malaysia and more of Malaysia’s exports would be for the largest consumer market in the world.
Premier Li Keqiang’s speech on 31 May 2014, welcoming Prime Minister Najib’s visit to strengthen friendship with China (from China Daily USA).
Creating a better tomorrow for relations: Premier Li
Updated: 2014-06-02 00:12
Creating a better tomorrow for relations
Editor’s note: The following is a speech delivered by Premier Li Keqiang at the ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of China-Malaysia diplomatic relations held in Beijing on Saturday.
H.E. Prime Minister Najib Razak and H.E. Rosmah Mansor,
Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends,
Today is a landmark day in the friendly relations of China and Malaysia. On this occasion, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries. My warm welcome goes to Prime Minister Najib Razak and other Malaysian friends, and my heartfelt thanks go to people from all walks of life who have committed themselves to China-Malaysia friendship for a long time.
On this same day four decades ago, Premier Zhou Enlai signed a Joint Communique with Prime Minister Najib Razak’s father, Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak, at the very place where we are now, the West Lobby of the Great Hall of the People. Malaysia became the first among ASEAN countries to establish diplomatic ties with China, which unveiled a new chapter in the history of China-Malaysia relations and a new era in China-ASEAN relations.
That happened at the height of the Cold War, with perplexing international situations and colliding ideologies between East and West. Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak was farsighted in making the ice-breaking visit to China. Leaders of the old generation in the two countries cleared away the obstructions, overcame the difficulties and chose a correct path with sagacious vision. That united the two friendly neighbors and made them the forerunner and model of regional friendly cooperation.
As the Chinese saying goes, “One should no longer have any doubts at the age of 40”. During the past 40 years, China-Malaysia relations have embarked on a track of comprehensive, stable and pragmatic development with vigorous vitality and strong dynamics. Mutual political trust continues to be deepened, and the bilateral trade volume has topped $100 billion.
People-to-people exchanges have exceeded 2.5 million for four consecutive years and about 15,000 overseas students study in the other country every year. Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak once said, “The Malaysia-China relationship is a small tree just having been cultivated, and it is our common task to ensure its healthy and strong growth.” We are happy to see that sapling has grown into a towering tree today.
Bilateral relations entered a new stage of development last October when the two sides agreed to promote relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership during President Xi Jinping’s visit to Malaysia.
At this moment, as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties, Prime Minister Najib Razak is leading a trip of retrospect and friendship to China. In a few minutes, Prime Minister Najib Razak and I will sign the joint communique marking the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties, reviewing the history of our relations and drawing up a plan on deepened exchanges at all levels and in all fields between our countries. I believe that, with joint efforts, the visit of Prime Minister Najib Razak will become a new landmark in China-Malaysia relations.
China-Malaysia relations have experienced storms and challenges and advanced toward maturity.
After the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, China worked closely with all the parties involved, and we have never given up the search, and paid high attention to the investigation and handling of the incident. China is willing to work hand in hand with Malaysia in the search for the missing flight, properly handle the aftermath of the incident and ensure that bilateral relations can withstand this test.
Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, the four decades of China-Malaysia relations have brought us many precious experiences and much inspiration, and laid a solid foundation for deepened bilateral cooperation in the future. China is willing to, together with Malaysia, incorporate bilateral cooperation with each other’s own development strategy, in order to allow China-Malaysia relations — which have entered the “age of no doubts” — to keep bearing fruit and benefiting both peoples.• We will further enhance strategic mutual trust to reinforce the political foundation of bilateral ties. We will make it a priority in each other’s foreign policy to strengthen communication and coordination on major issues to achieve the long-term, healthy and stable development of bilateral ties.• We will expand mutually beneficial cooperation to foster common interests in bilateral relations. Practical cooperation is the hallmark of China-Malaysia relations as well as their inexhaustible driving force. We will continue to push forward exchanges and cooperation in economics, investment, finance, education and law enforcement to enhance the level of practical cooperation in all fields.
• We will further expand cultural exchanges to draw closer the peoples in the two countries. We will encourage frequent exchanges between the two peoples to promote understanding and communication, cultivate traditional friendship to yield a more beautiful flower of China-Malaysia friendship.
• We will further strengthen regional cooperation to jointly create a better future for Asia. Malaysia is an important member of ASEAN as well as a pioneer in China-ASEAN relations. As Malaysia is poised to chair ASEAN next year, China is willing to work closely with ASEAN countries, including Malaysia, to carry out the political consensus of China-ASEAN relations and jointly build a community of shared destiny, interests and responsibility in Asia.
Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, looking back to the past, we feel gratified to see the development of China-Malaysia relations. Looking forward, we are full of confidence in the future of our bilateral ties.
China is willing to work with Malaysia to take our relations into the next four decades with a higher degree of maturity, stability, mutual benefits, trust and prosperous development.
Just before we attended this ceremony, Prime Minister Najib Razak and I met representatives of youth from both China and Malaysia, which showed that China-Malaysia relations and friendship are future-oriented. Hand-in-hand we step forward, and we will be able to create a better future for China-Malaysia relations!
Thank you all.
On brewing contentious issues in the South China Sea and around the region, Prime Minister Najib’s thought is very clear. The basis of any consideration and action should be made on the Rule of Law.
Published: Monday June 2, 2014 MYT 11:24:00 PM
Updated: Monday June 2, 2014 MYT 11:26:42 PM
Rule of Law paramount in handling South China Sea issues, says Najib
KUALA LUMPUR: The rule of law must reign supreme in resolving issues in the South China Sea, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Prime Minister said he was “concerned and deeply worried” that measures taken by the engaged parties to affirm their declared rights, no matter how small they might be, would only complicate matters and would not be in anyone’s interest in the long run.
“We must hold steadfast to the principles of non-use of force and the peaceful settlement of disputes.
“There should not be any action taken to further aggravate the situation and increase tensions,” he said in a speech read by Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid at the opening of the 28th Asia Pacific Roundtable here, Monday.
Najib, however, expressed confidence that “the bonds of friendship that bind us are stronger and more durable that the differences that divide us”.
The parties involved should not stray from the proven path of dialogue and peaceful resolution of conflicts, he said, adding that he remained hopeful that good sense would prevail.
Najib expressed Malaysia’s strong commitment towards the recent Joint Declaration of the Asean Defence Ministers on Defence Cooperation towards a Peaceful and Prosperous Asean Community.
He described it as a significant step forward in strengthening the political-security pillar of the Asean Community.
“It’s only with the assurance of peace that it would be possible for this region to attract investments, encourage innovation and create jobs for its people,” he said.
Najib noted that Southeast Asian nations wanted peace, prosperity and predictability besides being independent, strong and economically vibrant.
“Our aim is to have a region where nations respect each other while observing rules and norms, and where honour and dignity are manifested by peaceful intentions, visionary policies and good leadership.
“We aspire to a region where the strongest guarantees of peace and prosperity lie in nations working together, not against each other,” the Prime Minister said.
Najib also touched on the need to maintain and enhance the habit of cooperation, like the one seen in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370, across a whole range of issues.
“Countering the threat of terrorism, for example, requires a great deal of intelligence-sharing and coordination among our security agencies,” he said.
Najib alluded to the recent detention by Malaysian police of foreign nationals believed to be involved in planning terrorist attacks on foreign consulates in India, including the American consulate-general in Chennai.
Elaborating on the disappearance of MH370 with 239 people on board on March 8, Najib said that never before had people witnessed such intense cooperation between so many countries in this region.
“Although MH370 has not yet been found – and I’m confident that we will eventually find it – our joint and coordinated efforts have already shown the value of harnessing the collective strengths of countries in times of need,” he said. – Bernama
This based on United Nations Convention Law of the Seas (UNCLOS) 1982 and the Document of Conduct (DOC) inked by ASEAN nations with China in November 2002.
During this visit in China, it is believed that the issue of ‘Joint Development’ of the disputed and multi-claimed area rich with hydro-carbon deposits within South China Sea was raised in the many discussions. Prime Minister Najib was diplomatic but firm to invite Chinese oil companies to submit their proposals to Petronas for further evaluation and consideration.
After all, in the true traits between friends they share. They need not take from each other, especially working behind one’s back. Instead, they bring things to the table and talk. It the ‘spirit of true friends’, an amicable ‘win-win’ solution is the teal mark of being “A Trusted Friend” is all about.
As a “Trusted friend of China” and now a ‘Strategic Comprehensive Partner’, it seems that Prime Minister Najib managed to get things sorted with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.
The pair of Panda Fu Wa and Feng Yi are not just ‘time-expired gifts’ from China. They are a mark of the special relationship that Malaysia and China forged forty years ago and it is reflective of the hope of this special relationship is to progress even to greater heights, for the betterment of the people of Malaysia and China.