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New Special Envoy to China pledges to forge closer trade ties

PETALING JAYA: Newly-appointed Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to China Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting has pledged to work hard to forge closer trade relations between Malaysia and China.

The former MCA president said he was grateful to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for the trust placed in him.

“I will assist the Prime Minister and Government in efforts to attract more foreign direct investments (FDI) from China.

“A closer relationship with Chinese policy makers, officials and potential investors is a pre-condition to making inroads into China,” said Ong.

Najib made the announcement on Ong’s appointment during his working visit to Nanning on Friday for the 8th China-Asean Expo and China-Asean Business and Investment Summit.

The Prime Minister had directed Ong to give special attention to the proposed China-Malaysia Industrial Park in Qinzhou, which is Malaysia’s biggest development project in China with a total area of 55 sq km.

Ong, who is the Malaysia-China Business Council (MCBC) chairman, said Malaysia must try to follow the pace of China’s rapid economic progress or be left behind.

He replaced Tun Musa Hitam as MCBC chairman on July 24.


SOURCE: The Star, 24 October 2011

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