Thursday, July 18

China seeking suitable location for consulate

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KOTA KINABALU: The Deputy Consul-General of the China Consulate General in Kota Kinabalu, Sun Xiaowu, said a suitable location is still being sought to establish the Chinese consulate here.

Sun believes once the Chinese consulate is established here, it will bring great benefits to the development of bilateral trade, tourism and culture of both Sabah and China.

Speaking at a dinner hosted by Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) Sabah branch chairman Datuk Lau Kok Sing here on Wednesday, Sun expressed his gratitude to MCCC Sabah branch for its assistance.

“I hope we can find a suitable location to set up the Chinese consulate in Kota Kinabalu as soon as possible,” he said when asked by the media on the progress.

Meanwhile, Lau said the establishment of China Consulate General here will bring in more investors and tourists from China, which in turn, will accelerate the development of various sectors in Sabah.

He said the Chinese community in Sabah have been longing for a Chinese consulate in Kota Kinabalu and they are elated to know that their wish is being finally realized.

It would be very convenient for trade activities and visits between people in Sabah and China, especially for the application of visa as Sabahans no longer have to travel to Kuching or Kuala Lumpur to obtain the documents.

He believed that the setting up of the Chinese consulate here would draw in more investors to Sabah and spur the local economic growth, thereby creating a win-win situation for both.

Lau said MCCC Sabah would be most willing to assist the Chinese consulate if need be.

Also present were consul He Sujing, consul Jiao Zaoliang, vice consul Liu Wei and vice consul Chen Xin, MCCC Sabah branch vice president Datuk Frankie Liew, secretary Michael Chin Wee Yee, treasurer Foo Ngee Kee, deputy treasurer Soh Poh Soon, director of public relations Steven Liaw, deputy director of public relations Ngan Yoke Loo, council member Roger Lok Ee Kai and council member Koh Tiew King.