While facing the common challenge of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the governments and people of China and Malaysia have provided sincere mutual support and closely cooperated with each other, said Lu Shiwei.

The Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Penang said the anti-pandemic cooperation has become a new highlight of China-Malaysia relations, opening a new chapter for friendship between the two countries.

He said Malaysia provided valuable support to China, which included help from the Government and various circles of society in the northern region of Malaysia during China’s fight against the pandemic in the beginning of the year.

“After the outbreak of Covid-19 in Malaysia, the Consulate-General of China in Penang provided pandemic prevention supplies to consular districts through various channels such as the government and enterprises,” he said. Lu said the friendship between China and Malaysia continued to elevate through mutual support in fighting the pandemic.

“Although the pandemic has pressed the ‘pause’ button on people-to-people exchanges between the provinces and cities of China and the four states of northern Malaysia, both parties are actively exploring new ways of interaction under the new normal that combines online and offline communication.

“The exchanges and cooperation in various fields such as trade and economy, culture and people-to-people exchanges between the two countries have not been halted.

“We have every reason to expect the friendly local exchanges between China and Malaysia to resume in the post-pandemic era,” he said.

Lu was speaking during an online reception to celebrate the 71st anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the story of how the Chinese authorities managed and responded to the epidemic was a worthy case to be studied by the state government. “It remains our hope that the current Covid-19 situation will improve in the shortest time possible.

“This year will always be remembered for the effects of Covid-19 on the lives and livelihood of people across the world.

“The state government is always concerned on how we can best manage its prevention, revive the economy and look after the people,” he said.

Chow added that since the forming of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China in 1974, both countries have always maintained close friendly relations and greatly expanded cooperation, especially in trade, culture, education and tourism.

Penang is always willing to work closely with China for the promotion & continuous development of Malaysia-China Relations

The achievements by China in the past few decades are obvious to all. “Apart from successfully improving the lives of the Chinese people, China has greatly enhanced her global status and influence.

“Since 2010, China has become the second-largest economy in the world. “Through the ‘Belt & Road Initiative’ by the Chinese government, countries across the world have benefitted through many platforms for international cooperation,” he said.

Author: Liew Jia Xian
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