ZHEJIANG (China) – The inaugural meeting of the Malaysia-China High-Level Committee (HLC) on Cooperation in the post-COVID-19 era convened, here on December 4, agreed to collaborate in vaccine research and development (R&D) and production, reported Bernama.
The meeting was co-chaired by Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and the China’s State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi.
Saifuddin said the collaboration will fulfill Malaysia’s aspiration to be able to produce its own vaccines as contained in Malaysia’s National Vaccine Development Roadmap recently announced by the prime minister.
“Malaysia welcomes prominent vaccine companies from China to set up their production plants in Malaysia which includes, data research and R&D centres,” he said in a joint press conference with Wang Yi after the meeting.
Saifuddin also announced China’s contribution of some additional 2 million doses of Sinovac vaccine to Malaysia, on top of the 1 million doses announced in September 2021.
On Malaysia-China ties, he noted that the discussion also provided the opportunity to take stock and identify new ways to further diversify both countries’ relation.
He noted that both sides also discussed various aspects of economic cooperation including trade and investment, Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), industrial parks cooperation, mega projects, and agriculture product trade.
He said Malaysia welcomed China’s readiness to negotiate access for more Malaysia’s quality agriculture products into the Chinese market.
He also highlighted on the memoranda of understanding (MoUs) on Digital Telecommunications Cooperation and Film Co-Production Agreement which were at the final stage of conclusion.
“We are excited about the potential growth of digital economy cooperation between the two countries. When it comes to digital economy investment, this is something that we are looking forward to working closer with the government of China or companies from China,” he said.
He said Malaysia would like to invite more investment in this area through its Digital Investment Office (DIO) under the Economic Planning Unit.
He said the negotiation of the MoU on Cooperation in Traditional Medicine was also concluded while the Letter of Intent for China-Malaysia Basketball Cooperation was ready to be signed.
Saifuddin is on a two-day official visit to China starting Friday, at the invitation of Wang Yi.
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