BEIJING â€“ Beijing wants more of its state-owned enterprises to invest in Malaysia as both countries strive to achieve US$160 billion (RM528 billion) bilateral trade by 2017.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli mentioned this when they met during a bilateral meeting at the latterâ€™s office at the Great Hall of the People, here, Monday.
Both countries were committed in enhancing their trade and investment as China continued to be Malaysiaâ€™s largest trading partner, he told Malaysian journalists after meeting his counterpart.
The Malaysian leader said Beijing also supported and would help Malaysia when it becomes the chairman of Asean next year as the region turned into an Asean Community by then.
On the tourism front, Muhyiddin said Kuala Lumpur hoped to attract some of the projected 500 million Chinese tourists, in the years ahead, adding that the meeting also touched on efforts to combat terrorism.
Earlier Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, met Chinaâ€™s Education
Minister Yuan Guiren at the latterâ€™s office, here.
Muhyiddin said Beijing had agreed to provide Mandarin teachers when Malaysia planned to introduce Mandarin in its national school as one of the third languages next year.
â€œMalaysia needs 30,000 Mandarin teachers if it wants to provide at least three Mandarin teachers in 10,000 schools,â€ he said.
Kuala Lumpur, he said, had also asked Beijing to provide its Mathematics expert teachers for the country as China had sent 500 Mathematics experts teachers to the United Kingdom recently.
â€œChinaâ€™s expertise in Mathematics teaching technique has attracted United Kingdomâ€™s interest and we want them to extend it to us,â€ Muhyiddin added.- BERNAMA