Gao Yunlong Meets with ACCCIM President Datuk Ter Leong Yap via Video
Gao Yunlong, vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC), held a video meeting with Tan Sri Datuk Ter Leong Yap, president of the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM), on April 6. The two sides exchanged views on strengthening cooperation between Chinese and Malaysian enterprises and jointly promoting the high-quality development of the Belt and Road under the new circumstances.
Gao pointed out that China and Malaysia enjoyed a high level of political mutual trust, economic and trade ties, and mutual understanding and amity between the two peoples. The two countries are good neighbors, good partners, and good brothers who give assistance to each other in times of difficulty. The development of China-Malaysia bilateral relations offers huge potential for the bilateral cooperation between the two countries. The meeting between the foreign ministers of China and Malaysia on April 1 brought new opportunities for the enterprise cooperation between the two countries.
Gao said that in 2020, with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s guidance and deployment, China had secured major strategic achievements in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in about three months. At the same time, China advanced the work on balancing the epidemic prevention and economic and social development, and has become the only major economy in the world with positive economic growth. In addition, China has achieved a comprehensive victory in the fight against poverty, creating a new miracle that will stand out in history. Programs such as “Private Enterprises Donate Money and Materials” and “Ten Thousand Enterprises Help Ten Thousand Villages” organized by the ACFIC played an important role in the epidemic prevention and poverty alleviation.
Gao stressed that over the years, overseas Chinese had made important contributions to China’s reform and opening up, development and construction, and a large number of exemplars, such as Tan Kah Kee, had emerged. Chinese President Xi Jinping has spoken highly of the important role played by overseas Chinese on many occasions. At present, China is promoting the building of the new development pattern with both the internal and external cycles reinforcing each other and with the internal one as the mainstay. Entering a new stage, overseas Chinese still play a very important and unique role in promoting China’s economic development, scientific and educational advancement, peaceful reunification, and cultural transmission. The ACFIC is willing to deepen exchanges and cooperation with the ACCCIM, give full play to the resource advantages of both sides, serve as a bridge connecting China and countries along the Belt and Road routes, build more platforms and provide more services for the economic and trade exchanges and cooperation between Chinese and Malaysian enterprises, and promote the high-quality joint construction of the Belt and Road.
Ter Leong Yap said that since its establishment a hundred years ago, the ACCCIM had been committed to assisting the ethnic Chinese in their fight for equal rights and interests, reflecting the voices of the business communities, and building platforms for China-Malaysia economic and trade cooperation. Under the influence of COVID-19, the digital economy is growing against the trend. The Malaysian government also attached great importance to the development of digital economy. The ACCCIM hoped to actively promote exchanges and cooperation between the business communities and academia of the two countries so as to facilitate the economic transformation of Malaysia.
During the meeting, representatives of seven Chinese and Malaysian enterprises had in-depth exchanges on topics such as scientific and technological innovation and cooperation between Chinese and Malaysian enterprises under the new circumstances. The representatives include Ding Zuohong, chairman of the Yuexing Group’s board of directors, Zhang Yin, chairman of Nine Dragons Paper, Zhao Yiwu, chairman of Beijing Naton Technology Group Co., Ltd., Wei Lidong, founding and managing partner of Shangrong Capital, Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik, senior fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia, Ewe Hong Tat, president of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, and Dato’ Low Kian Chuan, executive chairman of ACCCIM.
The video meeting was also attended by Li Zhaoqian, vice chairman of ACFIC, Lin Zeyan, director of the economy department of ACFIC, Ma Jun, director of the liaison department of ACFIC, and over thirty representatives of Chinese and Malaysian enterprises.