Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Stronger ties through panda diplomacy

MCA is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the baby giant pandas from China, saying that they will further strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries.

Party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China was mutually beneficial and this was important in areas like trade, culture and education.

“In fact, our relationship with all countries in the world has became better under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“We always value good government-to-government relationship and respect countries which place emphasis on this,” he said on Tuesday.

Malaysia will soon be home to two iconic but endangered giant pandas after tomorrow's signing of an agreement between the Government and the China Wildlife Conservation to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Malaysia and China.

The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry had announced on Monday that the two baby pandas would be loaned to Malaysia for 10 years.

“It is not easy for China to loan their pandas to just any country.

“The offer is for those countries that share a strong, special relationship with China, and this loan demonstrates the strong bilateral ties China has with Malaysia,” Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said at the Malaysia-China People's Friendship photo exhibition here.

Najib had requested for the loan during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao in Nanning.

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