KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 (Xinhua) -- China will endeavor on developing a harmonious and friendly environment for the common development of itself and neighbor countries, Chinese leader Jia Qinglin said here Thursday evening.
Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), said China will stick to the principle of treating neighbors as friends and partners and pursue the policy of promoting friendship, peace and prosperity with its neighbors. He said China will continue to push forward the development of regional cooperation mechanism and step up cooperation in practical terms.
Jia made the remarks in a speech at a welcoming dinner hosted by leading Malaysian organizations Thursday evening. Jia arrived in Kuala Lumpur Tuesday evening for an official goodwill visit to Malaysia.
More than 500 personages from various communities in Malaysia were present at the event, including Deputy President Wong Foon Meng of the Senate. Lim Gait Tong, president of the Federation of Chinese Associations of Malaysia, and Ong Ka Ting, minister of housing and local government of Malaysia, made speeches respectively at the meeting. Other Malaysian organizations represented at the meeting include the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia, Malaysia China Friendship Association, Malaysia China Business Council, Malaysia China Chamber of Commerce and Malaysia Seven Major Clans Associations.
In his speech, Jia emphasized that China is a large and responsible country that will stay firmly on the path of peaceful development. Jia said China will continue to uphold democracy and justice in international affairs and enhance coordination and cooperation among countries.
Jia said China is committed to promoting amity and mutual trust and safeguarding common security. China will firmly adhere to the principle of equality and mutual benefit and work for common prosperity.
Jia said China is open and inclusive and endeavor to boost dialogue between civilizations. China is doing its part to ensure that the international order evolves in the direction of justice and equity.
On the Taiwan question, Jia expressed appreciation on the Malaysian government and people for the valuable support they have given to China over the years on the issue. He expressed the wish that friends from all communities in Malaysia will join China in opposing "Taiwan independence" and safeguarding peace and stability in the region.
Jia said China and Malaysia share long-standing friendship. Since the two countries established diplomatic links more than 30 years ago, bilateral relations have enjoyed smooth progress. The two countries have maintained vibrant exchanges at all levels, continuously enhanced mutual trust and expanded cooperative areas. China and Malaysia have become important partners in such fields as politics, trade and regional and international affairs.
Fact proves that the good-neighborly and friendly relations between China and Malaysia have brought real benefit to the two peoples and contribute to peace, stability and prosperity in the region and the world, Jia said.
Noting that China and Malaysia are both developing countries, Jia said the two countries have the common task of developing their economies and improving the lives of their peoples. Since the two countries have decided to give high priority to cooperation in agriculture, high technology, resources development, infrastructure building and tourism, China-Malaysia cooperation has great potential and promising prospects and offers tremendous business opportunities.
Jia expressed the hope that business communities of both countries would seize the opportunities, expand cooperation and play an even bigger role in advancing friendship and cooperation between the two countries. Enditem