China values Malaysia as a trustworthy strategic partner and is firmly committed to further strengthening the partnership, said its President Xi Jinping.
He attributed the strong bond between Beijing and Kuala Lumpur to strong political trust, mutually beneficial cooperation as well as people-to-people support that both countries had established since nearly four decades ago.
Using the Malay proverb, "Flowing water cannot be severed" ("air dicincang tidak akan putus") to describe the friendship, Xi expressed the hope that ties between the two countries would continue to flourish and bring more mutual benefits to both sides.
"I hope we'll seize the opportunities to open a new chapter in our bilateral relations and usher in an even more glorious future for China-Malaysia relations," Xi, who is on a three-day state visit to Malaysia, said when addressing the Malaysia-China Economic Summit, in Kuala Lumpur, today.
Present at the event was by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who also delivered a keynote speech.
Noting that Malaysia-China relations had been built on solid political trust, the president said this was evident when Najib chose China as the first country outside Asean to visit after assuming office in 2009.
Likewise, he had made Malaysia an important stop during his first trip to the Asean region.
On business and trade cooperation, Xi said both countries should capitalise on their respective strengths to optimise the benefits of the economic sector.
The president pointed out that China-Malaysia friendship was not merely based on mutual benefits, but had also weathered difficult times.
He mentioned how both countries had worked together following the 1997 and 2008 financial crises, and the assistance extended by Malaysia to the Chinese in the aftermath of the devastating Sichuan earthquake in 2008.
"Our two countries have proven to be good neighbours, good friends and good partners who have gone through thick and thin together.
"We'll never forget the help and donations the Malaysian people had made to us. It had greatly touched our hearts, nor will we forget the Malaysian man who donated his stem cells to save a Chinese boy in 2012," Xi said.
Xi also invited Najib to visit Beijing next year in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
This is the president's first visit to Malaysia after assuming office in March 2013. - Bernama, October 4, 2013.