Malaysia-China agreed on vaccination digital certificates for cross border travel

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FUJIAN, CHINA, APRIL 2:  Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) had signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of a High-Level Committee to Promote Cooperation in the Post COVID-19 here yesterday (1st April 2021).

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Minister of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and his counterpart, Wang Yi, State Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of PRC.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its statement said, on the vaccine cooperation, Hishammuddin said, Malaysia is considering adding the amount and further expanding the application of second and third generation Chinese-made vaccines.

The statement added, Malaysia had procured two types of Chinese-made vaccines namely the SinoVac and CanSino.

“Principally we have agreed on mutual recognition of our vaccination digital certificates or COVID-19 health certifications which will further facilitate cross-border movement between Malaysia and China in the near future,” said Hishammuddin.

Hishammuddin also said, in the meeting with his counterpart, Beijing had opened up the Red Palm Oil (RPO) segment of the Chinese market with the new Group Standard for RPO.

“I understand Malaysia is the only country that produces red palm oil and I sincerely hope that Malaysian exporters will grasp this golden opportunity to export RPO to China,” Hishammuddin added.

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On the trade and investment, Hishammuddin said, Premier Li Keqiang had interest on Malaysia’s efforts to enhance the Tanjung Malim and Pagoh Comprehensive Automative Hubs which will be linked with the ASEAN Automative Valley (AAV).

Hishammuddin also encourages more Chinese entrepreneurs to use the One Stop Centre (OSC) that had been launched by Malaysia to facilitate short term business travellers.

“I have told Wang Yi that the OSC will allow recovery and reactivation of business connectivity as well as activities between Malaysia and the world including with China,” he said in his statement.

Regarding the cross-border travel, Hishammuddin said, both sides have agreed to finalise the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and early conclusion to negotiations on a Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) between Malaysia and China.

“I also conveyed the need for Malaysian students to return and continue their studies in China as well as many families who are waiting to be reunited with their loved ones. I would like to thank Wang Yi on his personal commitment to resolve the matter expediently following consultations with the relevant health and border authorities,” Hishammuddin reiterated.  

Meanwhile on the situation in Myanmar, Hishammuddin said, Malaysia and China underscored the need for peace to be restored as well as fostering of a collective development agenda for Myanmar.

“On the South China Sea, Malaysia reaffirmed our commitments to pursue dialogues and discussions amongst the parties concerned in accordance to the universally recognized principles of international laws. We both agreed on the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the region,” said Hishammuddin.

The Foreign Minister added, on ASEAN, both countries welcome the activities prepared for the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations in 2021 and both sides will continue to work closely on cooperation between China and all ASEAN member states. –Malaysia World News. 


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