On October 13, 2020 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with the press together with Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein in Kuala Lumpur.
Wang Yi said, this visit to Malaysia is the first visit to Malaysia by a Chinese foreign minister since the COVID-19 outbreak and he is also the first foreign minister that Malaysia has officially hosted since then, which speaks volumes about the high level of the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Malaysia and also demonstrates the good tradition of mutual trust and support between the two countries. Facing the unprecedented challenges, China and Malaysia have been working together to pull through the hard time, delivering impressive results in the joint response to the COVID-19 and deepening the friendship of the two neighboring countries. Trade and investment between China and Malaysia are growing against the headwinds, while bilateral cooperation across all areas is making continuous progress. The bilateral relations have been showing strong resilience and China-Malaysia cooperation is set to see even greater prospects.
Wang Yi said, during his visit to Malaysia, the two countries conducted in-depth and wide-ranging exchange of views on how to jointly tackle the current challenges and how to pursue the long-term development of the bilateral relations, reaching a series of important consensus:
We have agreed to strengthen strategic coordination. To enhance cooperation in the post-pandemic period, the two countries will set up a High-Level Committee on Malaysia-China Post Pandemic Cooperation led by the two foreign ministers and will formulate framework documents for inter-governmental cooperation so as to take forward the cooperation in various areas in a coordinated manner, and to bring the China-Malaysia comprehensive strategic partnership to a higher level.
We have agreed to further deepen cooperation to fight against the COVID-19. China stands ready to continue to share the experience with Malaysia in the containment and therapeutics of COVID-19, and to collaborate on vaccine research, development, production and procurement, so as to defeat the pandemic with solidarity.
We have agreed to explore the establishment of three important channels, including a "fast lane" for movements of people, a "green lane" for movements of goods and a "lifeline" for transportation of food supplies in order to keep the industrial and supply chains open and smooth and ensure the security of critical and strategic supplies.
We have agreed to accelerate the development under the ambit of the Belt and Road Initiative. The two sides will continue to advance the cooperation on the "Two Countries, Twin Parks", namely, China-Malaysia Qinzhou Industrial Park and Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park, the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) and other key projects to continue to release development momentum and stimulate the economic recovery and growth of both countries. China stands ready to continue to import high-quality palm oil from Malaysia.
We have agreed to build an open world economy. China welcomes Malaysia to attend the China International Import Expo to be held next month as the guest of honor and to continue to take an active part in the China-ASEAN Expo. China will support Malaysia in hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2020 meetings and work with Malaysia for the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) within this year.
We have agreed to advance China-ASEAN cooperation. Both countries will take a number of important occasions, including the 10th anniversary of the establishment of China-ASEAN Free Trade Area this year and the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations next year, as opportunities to further improve and upgrade the China-ASEAN cooperation, shift the focus of the East Asia cooperation onto two major themes, namely the fight against COVID-19 and development, and contribute to peace, stability, prosperity and development of the region.
We have agreed to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea. We both believe that the South China Sea should not be taken advantage by great powers for gaming or see the rampage of gunboats. China and ASEAN countries have full ability and wisdom as well as responsibility to maintain peace and tranquility in the South China Sea. Both sides should work together to eliminate external interferences and continue to implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) in a bid to enter into an effective and meaningful Code of Conduct (COC) for the South China Sea at an early date.
We have agreed to step up cooperation on international affairs. As developing countries in Asia and representatives of emerging economies, China and Malaysia should jointly defend and practice multilateralism, oppose hegemony and power politics and promote the revitalization of Asia and the development of the world.
Wang Yi said, COVID-19 is profoundly affecting the world, it is even more pressing to take on the peaceful development task of the times, while the pursuit of win-win cooperation defines the trend of the times. In the historical process of human unity and progress, China and Malaysia as two responsible countries will surely be able to make due and important contributions, and join the rest of the world in building a better and more prosperous future.