While Malaysian businesses were helping China in the 1980s through the 1990s, China is playing a vital role in the Malaysian economy now. Dr Huang Huikang, China’s Ambassador to Malaysia, gives his views on bilateral ties in an interview with Ho Wah Foon and Yimie Yong of The Star.
Q: How would you describe Malaysia-China relations now?
A: Over the past four years, China-Malaysia relations have developed speedily in all aspects to become more matured and stable. Strong progress has been made in the development of infrastructure, major projects, energy, agriculture, finance, defence and security. We also see a deepening in cultural exchanges, as well as education and medical activities.
Our bilateral ties have enjoyed a “golden era” in the first 40 years. The next 40 years will see a “diamond era”.
As China’s ambassador to Malaysia, I have witnessed many historic moments in the development of bilateral ties between these two nations. I feel proud to have contributed to bringing our aspiration to full fruition.
Q: What bilateral milestones have been created?
A: We have seen four milestones in recent years.
First milestone: our relations are at historical highs. President Xi