|Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (center R) and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (center L) sign a joint communique at the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Malaysia in Beijing, capital of China, May 31, 2014. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)|
BEIJING, May 31 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak attended a grand ceremony in Beijing Saturday marking the 40th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties.
Addressing the occasion, Li said Malaysia was the first among ASEAN countries to forge diplomatic ties with China, which unveiled a new chapter in the history of China-Malaysia and China-ASEAN relations.
He hailed the all-round stable growth of bilateral cooperation over the past 40 years, citing strengthened political trust and personnel exchanges, and trade volume over 100 billion US dollars.
China is ready to work closely with Malaysia to cement strategic trust, expand win-win cooperation and cultural exchanges as well as regional cooperation, to jointly benefit the two peoples and build a brighter future for Asia, Li said.
He also vowed joint efforts with Malaysia in search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370, and properly settle the aftermath.
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