From Norsyafawati Ab Wahab
BEIJING, July 11 (Bernama) -- Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s four-day official visit to China has met its objective to further enhance bilateral ties and understanding between Malaysia and China.
Dr Wan Azizah said apart from cooperation in politics and economy, the Malaysian government was also keen to learn from China the latest technology and expertise it possessed in several fields.
"I have asked the relevant Malaysian agencies to take follow-up action with the Chinese agencies concerned to ensure that the agreement reached can be implemented,” she told the Malaysian media at a press conference here today.
Earlier, Dr Wan Azizah visited the Children Speech and Hearing Rehabilitation and Research Centre to wind up her visit, which began on Monday.
Elaborating on her visit to the centre, Dr Wan Azizah said she was impressed with the expertise possessed by China for the early detection of any problem and disability affecting babies as young as just three months.
"Here they can detect problems earlier, treat and rehabilitate apart from conducting research and providing home school services to those who are unable to go to school.
"This method can be practised in our country and the centre has offered to help us fulfil our desire; and this is among the matters to be defined,” said Dr Wan Azizah, who is also Women, Family and Community Development Minister.
She said at her meetings with senior leaders of China on the second day of her visit, both sides expressed satisfaction with the existing close bilateral ties and were committed to further strengthening the relations.
She said among the agreements reached was to explore cooperation in good governance and the fight against corruption, as well as collaboration in efforts to strengthen women and development of special children.
There was also agreement on efforts to strengthen cooperation in education, especially in Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET), she said.
She also said China had expressed its willingness to import more agricultural commodity products from Malaysia, including oil palm and rubber, apart from boosting cooperation in agricultural research and development.
She said both sides also agreed to step up cooperation in the field of disaster risk reduction and management.
The deputy prime minister said that in her meeting with investors yesterday, some had expressed interest in exploring possible joint ventures in the development of Malaysia Vision Valley.
On her visit to Huawei yesterday, Dr Wan Azizah said Huawei had expressed its willingness to boost strategic cooperation in the field of education, particularly on training for Malaysian TVET students, development of smart classrooms and the big data system.
She said the world’s largest telecommunication products manufacturer was prepared to help Malaysia develop smart/safe city and service applications for the health and medical sector.
"I have also invited Vice President Wang Qishan, Vice Premier Sun Chulan and State Councillor Wang Yong to make official visits to Malaysia to further strengthen our friendship,” she added.