‘SCORE good platform for cooperation with China’

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Fu (left) presents a memento toTaib. Also seen are Taib’s wife Toh Puan Datuk Seri Ragad Kurdi Taib (second right) and Fu’s wife Liu Sha.

Fu (left) presents a memento toTaib. Also seen are Taib’s wife Toh Puan Datuk Seri Ragad Kurdi Taib (second right) and Fu’s wife Liu Sha.

KUCHING: The Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) is a good platform for greater cooperation between the state and China.

The People’s Republic of China Consul-General in Kuching Fu Jijun said Sarawak is a large region that is rich in resources and has huge potential for Chinese investors.

He said the government of China has also proposed the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st century Maritime Silk Road, to provide more opportunities to strengthen friendly cooperation with Malaysia.

Fu also cited letters of intention for friendly ties signed last year between Yunnan Province as well as Fujian Province and Sarawak.

“I am strongly confident that the cooperation between China and Sarawak will enter a new historic stage.

“The Chinese Consulate General in Kuching is more than willing to offer assistance and services to deepen the bilateral relationship between China and Sarawak. As  the eighth Consul-General, I will be devoted to promoting friendly cooperation and bilateral exchange between the two sides in various fields,” he said during a Chinese New Year dinner on Friday.

Fu said both China and Malaysia are at a critical stage of economic transformation and development, pointing out that China is now formulating its 13th Five-Year Plan for economic and social development, while Malaysia is undergoing its 11th Malaysia Plan.

“The diplomatic relations between China and Malaysia has been well-maintained and has brought about fruitful and concrete results, with bilateral personnel exchanges and cooperation drastically increasing,” he added.

Guest of honour Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud expressed happiness and gratitude that China and Malaysia’s relationship has strengthened over the years.

“Our relationship has grown in almost all fields not only in trade and economics but also culturally.

“The relationship has also made both China and Sarawak get closer and has built a lot of understanding,” he said.