XI’AN – Five inter-government memoranda of understanding regarding mutual trade and governmental collaboration are to get agreed upon between China and Malaysia in the course of Malaysian Perfect Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s trip to China. Malaysian Ambassador to China Datuk Iskandar Sarudin informed Malaysian journalist on Monday, “Those documents involve cooperation in defence, science and technology, as well as in trade industry”. He explained the signing of the five memoranda would further reinforce bilateral partnerships between the two nations that was just recently upgraded to a comprehensive strategic partnership. Najib along with his entourage will go to Xi’an and Beijing from May 27 to June 1 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of formation of diplomatic ties among China and Malaysia. In Xi’an, the prime minister will be joined by his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to China, Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting. Najib is also expected to officiate the 3rd Malaysia-Xi’an Halal Food Festival Week, which will be organised at the Muslim Street from May 27 and visit Great Wall of Xi’an.
Iskandar said, “This is the third time we organize Halal Food Festival here, and Malaysia is the only country that has been given the opportunity to hold this kind of events at the historic street”.
He explained some 35 Malaysian business owners could be engaged with the festival in the festival this year. “The first of the halal food festivals that was launched in 2012 received some 50,000 visitors with only about 20 entrepreneurs advertising their products,” he said, adding that Muslims are the biggest ethnic group in Xi’an, with about 50,000 of the 81,500 individuals living in this province. The prime minister and the Malaysian contingent are also looking forward to visit the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses before going to Beijing.