Chinese praised for strong ties

Cheng Guangzhong


KUCHING: The Chinese in Sarawak have been lauded for their roles in strengthening bilateral ties between China and Malaysia.

“The great achievements of the People’s Republic of China could not have been made without the valuable contributions of overseas Chinese including those in Malaysia.

“The progress of China-Malaysia relations could not have been possible without the dedication of the Chinese in Sarawak,” Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China in Kuching, Cheng Guangzhong said.

He was addressing China enterprises, overseas Chinese students and other Chinese citizens in Sarawak during the 71st anniversary celebration of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in an online video conference on Wednesday (Sept 30).

Cheng said the China Consulate General in Kuching would always support the Chinese in Sarawak. He hoped they would continue to support China-Malaysia cooperation.

He said after being in Sarawak for  two and a half years, he had witnessed deeper cooperation on trade, energy, agriculture, manufacturing, digital economy, tourism and cultural and close personnel exchanges between China and Sarawak.

“My high appreciation goes to the Sarawak government for its tremendous efforts and remarkable achievement in promoting the beneficial cooperation.

“Early this month, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) approved the construction of a 10-million-ton steel complex in Samalaju Sarawak. The general contractor of this project is Metallurgical Corporation of China.

“This project will provide high quality steel, clean energy and create thousands of jobs in Sarawak,” he said.

Cheng also thanked the state government for supporting China in fighting Covid-19, adding that the country had reciprocated by donating 800,000 face masks and over 10,000 protective suits to Sarawak government agencies, front-liners and communities.

“We will never forget the precious support given by the Sarawak government and Sarawak people to China in many ways, which had strengthened our confidence in defeating the pandemic,” he said.