Malaysia To Collaborate Closely With China In Vaccine R&D Production

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  • Malaysia and China agreed to participate in vaccine research and development (R&D) and manufacturing at the first meeting session of the Malaysia-China High-Level Committee (HLC).

Malaysia To Collaborate Closely With China In Vaccine R&D Production

Malaysia and China agreed to participate in vaccine research and development (R&D) and manufacturing at the first meeting session of the Malaysia-China High-Level Committee (HLC) on Cooperation in the post-COVID-19 period held on Saturday.

Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah co-chaired the meeting with China's State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi.

Saifuddin said that the partnership would help Malaysia achieve its goal of developing its own vaccines, as outlined in the country's newly announced National Vaccine Development Roadmap by the prime minister.

“Malaysia invites renowned vaccine businesses from China to establish manufacturing facilities in Malaysia, including data research and R&D centres," he said during the meeting at a joint media briefing with Wang Yi.

Saifuddin also confirmed China's contribution to Malaysia of about 2 million more doses of Sinovac vaccine, in addition to the 1 million doses promised in September 2021.

On Malaysia-China relations, he said that today's meeting presented a chance to take stock and seek new methods to diversify the relations between the two nations.

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He said that Beijing had approved Putrajaya's proposal for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to visit China as soon as possible next year.

“We always put China very high on the agenda. Normally one of the earliest country that our leaders would visit after our ASEAN neighbours,” he said.

He said that the two sides also addressed many issues of economic cooperation, including trade and investment, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), industrial park collaboration, mega projects, and agriculture products exchange.

He expressed Malaysia's readiness for China's willingness to negotiate more access for Malaysia's high-quality agricultural exports to the Chinese market.

He also emphasised the importance of the memorandums of understanding (MoUs) on Digital Telecommunications Cooperation and Film Co-Production Agreement, both of which were drawing to a close.

“We are hopeful about the potential rise of bilateral collaboration in the digital economy. When it comes to digital economy investment, we look forward to working closely with the Chinese government or Chinese enterprises," he stated.

He said that Malaysia would aim to attract greater investment in this sector via its Economic Planning Unit's Digital Investment Office (DIO).

Saifuddin also discussed the status of the Malaysian Space Agency's (MYSA) and China National Space Administration's (CNSA) Agreement on Space Cooperation and the Peaceful Use of Outer Space, which was signed on November 30, 2021.

He said that the MoU on Traditional Medicine Cooperation had been completed and the Letter of Intent for China-Malaysia Basketball Cooperation was ready to be inked.

On the subject of culture and people-to-people interactions, Saifuddin said that both nations agreed to continue discussions on extending the teaching of Bahasa Melayu in China, a measure that would help bridge a gap between Malaysia and China's citizens.

“At the moment, there are 15 institutions that teach Malay language and Malay studies, and we would aid in any way possible by supplying books and teachers," he continued.

The HLC Meeting was convened in a hybrid arrangement, with participants from both sides partaking via video conference from Putrajaya and Beijing.

Additionally present at the meeting were Datuk Amran Mohamed Zin, Deputy Secretary-General for Bilateral Affairs at the Foreign Ministry, Dr Adina Kamaruddin, Malaysian Ambassador to China Raja Datuk Nushirwan Zainal Abidin, and Dr Ahmad Idham Ahmad Nadzri, Cultural Secretary to the Foreign Minister.

Saifuddin will arrive in China on Friday for a two-day official visit at Wang Yi's invitation.

Source – Bernama

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