KUCHING: The rapid development of pragmatic cooperation between China and Sarawak has benefited from the high attention and efforts of the Sarawak state government and people.
Consul General of the People Republic of China in Kuching Cheng Guangzhong said this in his opening speech at the seminar on ‘The Four Decades of China Reform and Opening-up and Cooperation between China and Sarawak Malaysia’ at Boulevard Shopping Mall here today.
He added that many important agreements in the fields of infrastructure, production capital cooperation and tourism were signed with the visit by the Sarawak chief minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and senior government officials to China.
“A series of large scale projects had been launched including the Coal-fired Power Station Project at Balingian and Longji Solar Manufacturing at Kuching.”
He further added that Sarawak had become a friendly state of Yunan and Fujian Province.
Besides this, he said that the relationship between Malaysia and China had witnessed substantial development with China being Malaysia largest trading partner and the largest source of foreign investment in the manufacturing sector.
“The past 40 years is a one of the most glorious period in China 5,000 years history in which earth-shaking changes have taken place in China,” said Cheng.
On a separate note, Minister of International Trade and E-Commerce Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh said that trading between China and Sarawak could be dated back to the ancient time of Tang and Sung dynasties.
“China and Sarawak have strong historical and cultural ties closed kinship relationship and intimate people to people relationships,” said Wong.
He was representing the chief minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg at the event.
“Malaysia under the new federal government will continue to look at China as development and business partner. We in Sarawak will do the same,” he said despite the disputes over the contracts that Malaysia and China entered into.
The close relationship between China and Sarawak had contributed to the establishment of organisations such as China-Sarawak Cultural bodies, Sarawak-China Import and Export Association and Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Wong also said that more than 500 entrepreneurs from Sarawak and China attended the Sarawak-China Business Forum 2018 that was held on Aug 6 and 7.
As of September 2018, he said that the total trade between Sarawak and China stood at RM12.6 billion, an increase of 10.4 percent compared to the same period in 2017.
The keynote speakers at the seminar were Bank of China (Malaysia) chief executive officer (CEO) Wang Hongwei, The Association of the Boards of Management of Aided Chinese Primary Schools Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Division Sarawak president Jonathan Chai Voon Tok, China Machinery Engineering Corporation on-site manager and senior engineer Zhao Xuejun, SEB Power Sdn Bhd CEO Ung Sing Kwong and International Times deputy director Lee Fook Onn.
Among the attendance were Cheng wife Gao Cuilian and Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian.