Selangor Journal
(from left to right) China’s Premier Li Qiang shakes hands with His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim, the King of Malaysia, during the royal audience at Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur, on June 19, 2024. — Picture by BERNAMA

King grants audience to China’s Premier Li Qiang

KUALA LUMPUR, June 19 — His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim, the King of Malaysia, granted an audience to China’s Premier Li Qiang at Istana Negara today.

Li and his delegation arrived at about 3.30pm, accompanied by the Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Ouyang Yujing.

Among those present at the audience were Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, Transport Minister Anthony Loke; Investment, Trade and Industry Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz, and Malaysia’s Ambassador to China Datuk Norman Muhamad.

Li arrived in Malaysia yesterday to begin his official visit, which lasts until tomorrow. This is his inaugural visit to the country since assuming office in March last year.

His visit also coincides with the 50th anniversary of Malaysia-China diplomatic relations following the signing of the Joint Communiqué between then-Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and then-Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai on May 31, 1974.

As part of his visit today, Li and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will attend a dinner to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Malaysia-China bilateral relations. Before that, Li is expected to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the East Coast Rail Link in Gombak.

The Premier is also scheduled to attend a luncheon with the business community from both countries before concluding his official visit tomorrow.

In 2023, China remained Malaysia’s largest trading partner for the 15th consecutive year since 2009, with a trade value of RM450.84 billion (US$98.90 billion).

The relationship between Malaysia and China has grown stronger following the enhancement of bilateral ties through the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership established in 2013.

— Bernama


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