Wen Jiabao meets with Malaysian PM and Secretary General of ASEAN

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Friday met his Malaysian counterpart Najib Tun Razak and the Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Surin Pitsuwan in Nanning, capital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, in conjunction with the 8th China-ASEAN Expo and the 8th Business & Investment Summit of China-ASEAN which opened Friday morning in the city.

During his meeting with Najib Tun Razak, who is also Minister of Finance Malaysia, Wen spoke highly of the deepening of friendship and strengthening the strategic cooperation between the two countries.

Wen Jiabao called on this occasion the two countries to further expand cooperation in the fields of trade, economics, investment, finance and technology, and maintain close coordination and communication on major issues in order to promote the development of bilateral relations.

Najib Tun Razak for his part said that Malaysia attaches great importance to its relations with China and would work to deepen cooperation between the two countries, promote the healthy and stable development of relations between ASEAN and China.

Heads of Government of China and Malaysia attended the opening ceremony of China-Malaysia Industrial Park to be established in the coastal city of Qinzhou in Guangxi.

China considers its strategic partnership with ASEAN as the cornerstone of its foreign policy toward neighboring countries and provides ongoing support to the integration of ASEAN, said Wen Jiabao, during his meeting with Surin Pitsuwan.

Surin Pitsuwan said that the friendly cooperation between ASEAN and China over the last twenty years has benefited both parties, and that cooperation between China and ASEAN (10+1) and between ASEAN, China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (10+3) was successful.

The mechanisms of 10+1 and 10+3 should continue to be the basis for cooperation in East Asia, he added.

ASEAN will work with China to promote cooperation comprehensively, strengthen coordination and cooperation on major regional issues and bring relations between ASEAN and China Cooperation in East Asia to a higher level, said Surin Pitsuwan.