20 deals to be struck with China during Najib’s visit


PETALING JAYA: More than 20 deals will be struck between the Malaysian and Chinese governments, and between businessmen of both countries, during a week-long visit by the prime minister, Najib Razak, from tomorrow.

Najib’s delegation includes nine federal ministers and the chief ministers of Johor, Terengganu and Malacca.

The Malaysian ambassador to China, Zainuddin Yahya, said the two countries will sign agreements in issues to do with defence, agriculture, education, finance and construction.

Business deals between Malaysia and Chinese companies will be for investments in construction, e-commerce, solar panels, port infrastructure, gas pipes, water desalination and other areas.

At a meeting tomorrow after his arrival, Najib and his counterpart Li Keqiang will discuss bilateral cooperation in trade and investment, education, defence, agriculture, tourism and culture, science and technology and people-to-people contact, Zainuddin said.

The value of trade between the two countries rose 11 per cent last year to a total of RM231 billion. China has been Malaysia’s largest trading partner since 2009, while Malaysia is China’s eighth largest trading partner.


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