KUALA LUMPUR:Malaysia assures it’s commitment to further strengthen relationship with China in various fields, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“I wish to emphasize that our two countries share deep historical, cultural, linguistic and even culinary links, besides economic and trade relationship,” he said when giving his keynote address at the Malaysia-China High Level Economic Forum, here Monday.
His speech text was read out by the Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. The forum was also attended by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
Najib said, Malaysia was also emphasizing on people to people relationship with China especially among youths, with the establishment of Xiamen University Malaysia Campus (XMUMC) in Salak Tinggi, Sepang.
“This is the first overseas campus approved by the Chinese Government to be set up by a Chinese University. The collaboration will contribute to the creation of skilled manpower in both countries,” he said.
He said, the section one of phase one of the campus was completed and would be ready for the first batch of students in February next year.
“The section one can accommodate 500 students while the total capacity for phase one is 5,000 students,” said Najib.
Estimated to cost RM1.3 billion, XMUMC is built on a 60-hectare site with five academic buildings, six student residences, activity centres, sports facilities and a cafeteria.
He said such educational links involving the younger generation augured well for the future relationship of the two countries.