Confucius Institute at University of Malaya Holds International Forum to Celebrate 45th Anniversary of Diplomatic Ties Between China and Malaysia

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University of Malaya [Time]    2019-07-09 18:24:48 

On June 17th, the international forum celebrating the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Malaysia was held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was jointly organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of Malaya and Institute of China Studies at the University of Malaya, and co-organized by Institute of Malaysia Studies at Xiamen University, China. This forum is themed as “Malaysia-China Relations: Cherish the Past, Face the Future”. Liew Chin Tong, Deputy Defence Minister of Malaysia, Chenchen, Minister-Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Malaysia attended the opening ceremony. Dato’ Abdul Rahim Hashim, Principal of UM, delivered a welcoming speech. More than 200 people attended the ceremony.

The opening ceremony

Liu Zhendong said in the opening speech that Malaysia must invest a lot of resources into modern China studies in different fields including politics, culture, diplomacy, society, and economy to cultivate more “China Hands” so that Malaysians can know about a real China.

Liu Zhendong delivering a speech

In the keynote speech of “Cooperatively Seeking Harmonious Development and Protecting Free Trade”, Chen Chen expressed that the idea “He” (harmony) in China has been applied into state-to-state exchanges including historical exchanges and the process of 45-year diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China. Deeply influenced by the oriental culture of harmony, Malaysia and China, in spite of different national conditions and systems, have been regarding each other as friendly neighbor and partner and solving problems and conflicts in friendly ways. Relations between Malaysia and China always keep stable no matter how the world and the two countries change. The 45-year China-Malaysia relation, on the basis of mutual respect, equal treatment and harmonious coexistence, remains unshakeable and becomes even firmer as time goes by.

Chen Chen delivering a speech

The forum had two sessions. In the morning seminar, Dato’ Majid, Chairman of Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and President of Malaysia-China Friendship Association, Huang Jing, Professor of Bejing Language and Culture University, Rao Zhaobin, Director of Institute of China Studies at the University of Malaya, and Guo Jiguang, Professor of CASS gave speeches respectively on “45-year China-Malaysia Relations: Achievements and New Milestone in the Future”, “Sino-US Trade War and its Impact on ASEAN”, “Malaysian Diplomatic Policy Position Within the Context of Rise of China”, and “Analysis of China Strategies of Malaysian New Government from a Chinese Perspective”. In these speeches, the achievements and current challenges of China-Malaysia relations were analyzed politically and diplomatically.

Majid delivering a speech

Huang Jing delivering a speech

In the afternoon, the focus was on economy and culture. Excellent ideas relevant to the topic were put forward in the speeches made by Dato’ Azizan Baharuddin, Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Malaya on “Viewing China-Malaysia Relations from the Perspective of Cross-Cultural Dialogue”, Dato’ Awan Sariyan, Professor of International Islamic University Malaysia on “Past and Present of China-Malaysia Relations from the Perspective of Civilization”, Zhang Miao, Doctor of Xiamen University on “Rooted at Southeast Asia: How Efficient the Chinese Manufacturing Enterprises in Malaysia Are?”, Zhao Guangming, Chairman of China Railway Construction Malaysian Corporation(CRCC) in Malaysia on “China-Malaysia Relations: Experience and Vision from an Engineering Designer”, and Tan Xiaoyan, Professor of ISEAS on “Relation between Trade and Investment in Malaysians’ Eyes”.

At Q&A session, listeners heatedly discussed and communicated with the distinguished guests.

Interaction and communication

The forum proposed different assumptions and plans for problem-solving during China-Malaysia exchanges and feasible ways to build more friendly relations between the two countries. The outcomes of the forum will be conducive to both studies on China-Malaysia relations and friendly development of the two countries in the future.