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Friday, 8 December 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

China’s new envoy vows to boost ties

KUALA LUMPUR: China’s new ambassador Bai Tian has pledged to work closely with the MCA to help strengthen ties with Malaysia.

“The MCA and party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai are very supportive of the Belt and Road Initiative.

“And relations between China and Malaysia is at its highest level, with further growth prospects. During my tenure here, we will continue to work closely to develop our bilateral relations,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Bai, the former Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Asian Affairs Department deputy director-general, replaced Dr Huang Huikang as his country’s top diplomat here.

He said the embassy would also work closely with MCA and other parties here to promote better collaboration between the small and medium-scale enterprises of both countries.

Bai, who paid a courtesy call on Liow at the MCA headquarters here on Wednesday, said both countries have developed a close friendship.

“The close ties between our countries will also benefit Malaysian Chinese, bringing them more opportunities,” he added.

Liow, who is the Transport Minister, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has always placed great emphasis on relations with China.

“Malaysia is one of the forerunners in supporting the Belt and Road Initiative. The many strategic projects of the two countries are progressing well,” he added.

Liow said MCA was willing to be the “bridge” between the Government and Chinese community so that the initiative could truly benefit them.

On the new envoy, he said Bai was a person who was familiar with China-Malaysia relations.

“I believe Ambassador Bai will make good use of this advantage and further boost China-Malaysia relations. We hope both countries will explore more opportunities in various industries including logistics, e-commerce, tourism and others,” he added.