Malaysia-China high-level committee to be set up to discuss geopolital issues, says Hishammuddin

LAILI ISMAIL


KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia-China bilateral relations are set to soar to greater heights following the proposed establishment of a high-level committee that will involve defence ministers of both countries.


Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the committee, which will be chaired by him and Chinese Defence Minister Chan Wanquan is aimed at institutionalising bilateral relations.


"The committee will discuss all aspects (of bilateral links). We hope this (agreement) will be signed in the nearest future," he told reporters after hosting China Central Military Commission vice chairman General Xu Qiliang at the Defence Ministry headquarters here today.


General Xu, Hishammuddin said, was here to discuss matters regarding various geopolitical issues as well as regional security threats including North Korea, South China Sea and the Islamic State.


"We will set up specific working groups including (ones that would address) military cooperation (exchange of information and military-to-military exercises), defence industry, education and training as well as strategic affairs," he said.


He said Malaysia-China bilateral relations were "at an all-time high" due to the relationship between top leadership "personalities".


"However, we cannot rely on personalities because they come and go and if we are able to institutionalise our relations, it does not matter who governs.


"In the context of security, relations will continue as the template has been built and developed today." he said.