KUCHING: Ties between China and Malaysia were enhanced last year, said Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China to Sarawak, Xie Fugen.
Speaking at a Chinese New Year dinner with the media here on Thursday, he said positive growth was seen in many aspects.
The volume of trade between China and Malaysia increased by 43 per cent in 2010 to US$74.2 billion from US$51.96 billion in 2009.
Besides increased trade, education and tourism also showed improvements.
Xie said he hoped the people of both countries would experience greater opportunities and benefits in future. Tourism is expected to be an active growth area this year, he said, as airlines are offering direct flights to China.
He added that he is in discussions with China Airlines on the possibility of introducing direct flights to bring tourists from China to East Malaysia.
More study trips to East Malaysia should be held for China nationals to explore potential investment projects here, he said.
Xie also thanked the local press for their cooperation, as this was crucial to relay important messages and useful information to the public.