China’s Xi discusses Asian ‘independence’ with Anwar, Lee

Photo: Hua Chunying 华春莹

CHINA is ready to work with Malaysia to promote Asian civilisations, uphold strategic independence, and reject Cold War mentality and bloc confrontation, said China President Xi Jinping.

Xi said this during a meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on Friday after attending the Boao Forum for Asia on the island province of Hainan, according to China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying.

Anwar is on a three-day official visit to China which ends today.

Beijing and Kuala Lumpur will mark 50 years of diplomatic relations in 2024.

“The two sides agreed to build a China-Malaysia community with a shared future. This will open a new chapter in bilateral relations,” Hua was reported as saying by Anadolu Agency.

During the meeting with Xi, Anwar touched on the Chinese government’s efforts to tackle poverty in China “which is now bearing fruit when almost 800 million people have been freed from the shackles of poverty”.

Meanwhile, Hua said Xi also met Singaporean Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, where the Chinese President told Lee that the “Asian region has blazed a development path featuring independence, mutual respect, equality, mutual benefit, openness, inclusion and win-win cooperation with Asian characteristics”.

“In a world with fast-evolving major changes unseen in a century, we need to value and defend the hard-won development momentum, firmly reject hegemony and bullying, and not allow any country to deprive Asian people of the right to pursue a better life,” Xi told Lee.

Xi also discussed bilateral, regional and international issues with a focus on Asian “independence” during his meeting with Anwar and Lee.

Source: New Straits Times


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