Malaysia urges ASEAN-China to enhance cooperation for future health emergencies

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PUTRAJAYA NOV.22: Malaysia urges ASEAN and China to enhance cooperation in public health and pharmaceutical capabilities through the sharing of technology, know-how and intellectual property.

Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, this would be helpful in upgrading ASEAN’s public health systems, to ensure they are prepared to effectively deal with future health emergencies.

Ismail said, Malaysia applauds China for developing a vaccine within a short time frame and for the commitment in supplying vaccines as a global public good.

“Malaysia is deeply appreciative of the 28 million doses of vaccine China has contributed to ASEAN, 500,000 of which were received by Malaysia. Your efforts certainly assisted in the collective battle against COVID-19. Malaysia looks forward to receiving an additional one million doses,” Ismail said.

Ismail said that at the ASEAN-China Special Summit to Commemorate the 30th Anniversary of ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations via video conference held today.

Present at the event held virtually includes Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China and Chairman of ASEAN, Your Majesty Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

On the issue of South China Sea, Malaysia calls on all countries to remain committed towards maintaining the South China Sea as a sea of peace, stability and trade. To this end, all parties should exercise self-restraint and avoid actions that may be deemed provocative, which could further complicate the situation and escalate tensions in the area.

The Prime Minister said in this regard, Malaysia underscores the importance of the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea in its entirety, and the early conclusion of an effective and substantive Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.

“ASEAN and China are fully aware of the need for peace and stability to attain economic development and civilised life. Malaysia is, therefore, encouraged by the constructive tone of President Xi and President Biden’s virtual meeting last week.

“China-US bilateral relations are among the most consequential in the world. While differences remain, Malaysia welcomes recognition of the collective responsibilities that both countries have towards maintaining peace, development and social progress.

“Although competition is inevitable, China-US relations must primarily be defined by cooperation. All countries have a duty to cooperate and collectively promote peace, security, prosperity and progress,” Ismail added.

The Prime Minister also stressed that a world order based on multilateralism is vital. Such an order would enable sustainable and peaceful co-existence of civilisations that is rules-based, open, inclusive and transparent.

Elaborating on that Ismail said, ASEAN and China could work on boosting multilateralism, especially on reforming the United Nations (UN), to ensure it remains effective and relevant amid evolving global dynamics.

“I had called for member states to work together in the spirit of a world family during the UN General Assembly in September. It was to address deep-rooted challenges of inequality, political stability, and global governance.

“Recently, we have witnessed how nationalism and geo-politics rivalry shaped responses to the pandemic, including the distribution of vaccines. As a result, the world is now host to a two-track pandemic.

“In view of this and in preparation for future pandemics, new global health security architecture must be developed. One that is underpinned by shared commitment, collective responsibility, transparency and accountability,” Ismail said.

Ismail also stressed that the full implementation of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) would contribute to expediting regional recovery and resilience.

Malaysia remains committed to ratifying the RCEP by the end of this year.

“We also look forward to the upgrading of the ASEAN-China FTA which will ensure that it remains relevant to the businesses, responsive to contemporary global challenges, and forward-looking,” he said.-Malaysia World News

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