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Malaysia to Engage in Deeper Collaboration with China

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia foresees significant potential for deepened collaboration with China, mainly in industries such as infrastructure, digital economy, green development, new energy vehicles and the rare earth, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.

He noted that Malaysia’s MADANI initiative aligns with the values and principles of the Community Shared Future (CSF) advocated by President Xi Jinping since 2013.

“Both concepts advocate and promote innovation, care and compassion, inclusiveness and mutual respect. The MADANI economic framework aims to strengthen national competitiveness by focusing on fiscal sustainability, excellent governance and effective service delivery.

“The two countries can translate these concepts into reality for the benefit of their people,” Fadillah said during his keynote speech at the Malaysia-China Commemorative Forum, which was presented by Deputy Energy Transition and Water Transformation Minister, Akmal Nasrullah Mohd Nasir.

Fadillah also emphasised on Malaysia’s leadership in promoting renewable energy through its partnership with China, considering that both nations are heavily investing in clean technologies such as solar, wind and hydroelectric power.

He said that the Malaysia-China collaboration has expanded beyond technology, with both countries actively participating in knowledge-sharing initiatives to harness the immense potential of green energy.

“Through these initiatives, we strive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change. By prioritising innovation and sustainable development, Malaysia and China are making significant contributions.

“We are addressing global climate challenges while also unlocking new economic opportunities. This dual approach promotes growth while ensuring environmental stewardship,” he added.

China has remained Malaysia’s largest trading partner for the past 15 years, with total trade between the 2 countries reaching US$98.8 billion (RM450.84 billion) in 2023, with imports from China amounting to US$56.69 billion (RM258.63 billion).

These imports predominantly consist of electrical and electronics products, machinery and chemicals, underscoring the robust economic relationship between the two nations.

Meanwhile, Malaysia-China Business Council Executive and Acting Director Datuk Alvin Tee Guan Pian highlighted an increasing interest among Chinese investors, particularly in the data centre industry.

“Malaysia is among the earliest countries in the region to venture into the digital economy. We established the Multimedia Super Corridor to accelerate the industry’s growth. As we open our doors to investors, we need to ensure that we meet the local content requirements.

“We must ensure that wherever investors from China come in, the local content contribution is reasonable. We don’t want to close our doors, but it must genuinely be a win-win situation,” he added.

— BERNAMA

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