Malaysia-China built on mutual respect and understanding – PM Anwar

KUALA LUMPUR, June 20 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim highlighted the friendly and respectful attitude of Chinese leadership, emphasising the deep understanding of cultural differences during his recent interactions with Chinese Premier Li Qiang.

Anwar in his speech addressed the skepticism often expressed by international observers, particularly from Western countries, about the enhanced bilateral relationship between Malaysia and China.

He said critics frequently question whether such a comprehensive strategic partnership would be detrimental to Malaysia, a smaller nation.

“I have given assurances based on historical antecedents from the time of the Empress in China and the Sultans of Melaka. This visit by Premier Li Qiang, my esteemed friend, has proven the case. We engaged in hours of discussions without any arrogance or ultimatums. 

“While there are contentious issues, we address them as equal partners and trusted friends… we engaged in hours of discussion as equal partners and trusted friends,” he said this in his speech at the Malaysia-China Business Community luncheon here today.