PUTRAJAYA JUNE 5: The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and his counterpart Wang Yi as the State Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China will discuss the best way forward on the incident of the16 aircrafts belonging to the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) intruding into Malaysian Maritime Zone (MMZ) on 31st May 2021.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its statement said, the two ministers will discuss to ensure the incident will not recur in the interest of maintaining peace and stability and avoiding any miscalculation or unintended consequences.
The statement added, this is in view of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 3rd June 2021 has summoned the Ambassador of China and handed over a protest note in response to the recent incident in Malaysia’s airspace off the coast of Sarawak.
The meeting between the two Foreign Ministers will be held in Chongqing, China as Hishammuddin will be leading the Malaysian delegation to the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on 7th June 2021.
The meeting is at the invitation of Wang Yi on the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations. All ASEAN Foreign Ministers and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, as well as the Secretary –General of ASEAN are expected to attend the meeting.
“During the Special Meeting, the Foreign Ministers of ASEAN and China will exchange views and explore collaborative ways and means in dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak, in addition to regional and international matters of common concern,” the statement added.
Meanwhile Hishammuddin will hold a bilateral meeting with Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sideline of the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The two ministers are expected to explore new initiatives for a more substantive and dynamic partnership between Malaysia and China.
The statement added, the focus areas include COVID-19 vaccine cooperation, infrastructure development, finance, digital economy, food production and high-tech agriculture. –Malaysia World News