At the invitation of Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of the State Council, Tan Sri Dato' Haji Muhyiddin bin Mohd.Yassin, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia will pay an official visit to China from November 30 to December 5.
Q: Ivory Coast has seized two Chinese trawlers accused of fishing illegally offshore the West African country. Has the Chinese side contacted Cote d'Ivoire? Will the fines be paid?
A: We have noted the relevant report and are checking on that.
Q: The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Nepal has concluded. What is China's comment on the outcomes of the summit?
A: We express our congratulations on the success of the 18th SAARC summit in Nepal. Vice Chinese Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin led the Chinese delegation to the summit and made an opening speech entitled Deepen Mutually Beneficial Cooperation and Promote Common Development. The Chinese side attaches high importance to developing relations with SAARC, and enhances exchanges and cooperation with South Asian countries in various fields. In order to strengthen the ties with SAARC, China has recently nominated a representative to SAARC and came up with a host of initiatives for cooperation with South Asian countries. We look forward to the participation of SAARC countries. Respecting South Asian countries' wishes, the Chinese side is ready to further deepen practical cooperation with SAARC, elevate relations with SAARC, and make positive contributions to peace, stability and prosperity of South Asia.