China’s vice president arrives in Malaysia for four-day official visit

SEPANG, Nov 8:  China’s Vice President, Han Zheng, arrived here today for a four-day official visit to Malaysia.

His special aircraft touched down at about 7.15 pm today at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Han was welcomed by Deputy Foreign Minister, Datuk Mohamad Alamin, and China’s Ambassador to Malaysia, Ouyang Yujing.

While in Malaysia, Han is scheduled to have an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah at Istana Negara.

He is also scheduled to call on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and attend a welcoming dinner hosted by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

 Wisma Putra said in a statement that among the matters to be discussed are bilateral, regional and international issues that are of mutual interest; cooperation in the halal industry; the Palestine-Israeli conflict and the 50th anniversary of Malaysia-China diplomatic relations due next year.

For over a decade, China has been Malaysia’s largest trading partner. In 2022, total trade between Malaysia and China reached RM487.13 billion (US$110.62 billion), reflecting a 15.6 per cent increase from 2021. 

China also emerged as the largest foreign direct investor in Malaysia in 2022, with investments amounting to RM55.4 billion (US$12.5 billion).