Official visit by Chinese premier in works, confirms envoy

Chinese ambassador to Malaysia Dr Huang Huikang said Premier Li Keqiang had agreed to accept the invitation from the Malaysian government for him to visit this country. — Reuters pic
Chinese ambassador to Malaysia Dr Huang Huikang said Premier Li Keqiang had agreed to accept the invitation from the Malaysian government for him to visit this country. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 28 — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang plans to make an official visit to Malaysia, with officials from both countries in discussions to find the most suitable dates.

Chinese ambassador to Malaysia Dr Huang Huikang said Li had agreed to accept the invitation from the Malaysian government for him to visit this country.

“We’re trying to work this out through the diplomatic channels and the most important thing is to ascertain a convenient time for both sides (Malaysia and China),” the envoy said.

Huang said this when he appeared on the weekly Mandarin talk show ‘Hello Malaysia’, produced by Bernama TV.

Describing Beijing-Kuala Lumpur ties as that between “relatives”, he said  the exchange of visits at the highest level would contribute to strengthening relations between the two countries.

Huang said there were indications that more Chinese enterprises were keen to do business with or to invest in Malaysia.

The ambassador further said that China’s rising international profile should be seen as an opportunity rather than a threat by other countries.

China, he reiterated, was not seeking hegemony.

Huang pointed out that trade between China and other countries had contributed to global economic growth over the years.

The envoy said the huge numbers of outbound Chinese tourists should also be beneficial to other countries.

He also lauded Malaysia’s stand on the need for territorial disputes over the South China Sea to be resolved in a peaceful manner. — Bernama