China, Malaysia to Upgrade Bilateral Ties to New Level
    2013-10-05 08:58:32     CRIENGLISH.com         Web Editor: Wang Wei

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) shakes hands with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia, Oct. 4, 2013. Xi Jinping held talks with Najib Razak on Friday. [Photo: Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng]

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak have agreed to upgrade bilateral ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership.

Xi Jinping is in Kuala Lumpur for an official state visit to Malaysia.

Malaysia is the second stop of his South East Asian trip after Indonesia.

Xi Jingping says China supports Malaysia to be a driving force of stability and prosperity in the region.

"We agreed to strengthen communication and coordination within multilateral frameworks, and committed to maintain and promote stability and prosperity in this region."

China has been Malaysia's largest trading partner for four consecutive years, while Malaysia has been China's largest in the 10-member ASEAN for five years in a row.

In 2012, two-way trade soared to a record high of 94.8 billion dollars, accounting for nearly a quarter of China's total with ASEAN countries.

And the two leaders have agreed to set a new target for bilateral trade.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

"In today's meeting we discussed about how we can achieve a new target in terms of our two way trade between our two countries, which is set at 160 billion U.S. dollars by the year 2017."

After Malaysia, Xi Jinping will head to Bali to attend the APEC summit.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (L) introduces the city view to Chinese President Xi Jinping before their talks in Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia, Oct. 4, 2013. Xi Jinping held talks with Najib Razak on Friday. [Photo: Xinhua/Li Xueren]

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