Official Welcome for PM

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China rolls out red carpet for Dr Mahathir at Great Hall of the People.

Bernama

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was greeted by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at an official welcoming ceremony.

The event was held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday (Aug 20) morning prior to his closed-door meeting with Li.

Reuters

China will import more products from Malaysia, said Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at a joint press conference with Dr Mahathir.

Apart from Malaysian palm oil, he said the country was also interested in other agricultural goods from Malaysia.

“China and Malaysia have agreed to increase our trade volumes.

“China will import more Malaysian products that meet the demands of the Chinese,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said Malaysia has much to gain from China and believed that investments from this world’s second-largest economy could resolve the unemployment problem in the country.

He said that he hoped Malaysia would become a hub for new technology being developed in China.

“So there is much to be gained by strengthening the relationship between the two nations,” he added.

The two leaders later witnessed the signing of five government-to-government memorandums of understanding pertaining to finance, agriculture and other sectors. – The Star