DPM Dr. Wan Azizah visits China to expand strategic cooperation

PUTRAJAYA JULY 7: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Women, Family and Community Development of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (pic) will undertake an official visit to Beijing, People’s Republic of China (PRC) from 8 -11 July 2019.

The visit is at the invitation of Vice Premier of the State Council of the PRC, Madam Sun Chunlan.

“This will be Deputy Prime Minister’s first official visit to the PRC after assuming office in May 2018,” said the ministry’s statement here today.

Dr. Wan Azizah will be accompanied by Minister of Education, Dr. Maszlee Malik; Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dato’ Marzuki Haji Yahya; Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Mr. Sim Tze Tzin; Chief Minister of Negeri Sembilan, Dato’ Seri Haji Aminuddin Harun; and senior government officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and National Agency for Disaster Management (NADMA)

“In Beijing, the Deputy Prime Minister will meet with Vice President, Wang Qishan and Vice Premier, Madam Sun Chunlan to discuss bilateral issues as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.

“In her capacity as Chair of National Disaster Council, Dr. Wan Azizah will also meet the State Councillor, Wang Yong who is also in charge of National Disaster Management in PRC,”said the ministry’s statement.

The Deputy Prime Minister will also visit the National Disaster Risk Reduction Centre and PRC Rehabilitation & Research Centre for Hearing & Speech Impairment for Children, besides attending a Roundtable Meeting with captains of industry in PRC and a dinner with the Malaysian Diasporas in the PRC.

Her visit to PRC will serve as an impetus to further strengthen the bilateral relations between Malaysia and PRC. It will provide an opportunity for both countries to continue expanding the strategic cooperation especially in the fields of politics, trade and investment, women affairs, agriculture, education, disaster management as well as tourism and culture.

Malaysia and the PRC continue to maintain close and comprehensive bilateral relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations over four decades ago.

The PRC remains as Malaysia’s top trading partner for ten consecutive years since 2009. Based on the statistics issued by Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), the total trade between Malaysia and PRC in 2018 was recorded at RM313.81 billion (USD77.72 billion), which represents an increase of 8.1% from 2017- Malaysia World News

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