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Malaysia’s Najib makes state visit to China to mark 40 years of ties

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday heads to China for a state visit marking 40 years of bilateral ties.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday heads to China for a state visit marking 40 years of bilateral ties.

He will be retracing the footsteps his father, former prime minister Abdul Razak Hussein, took four decades ago.

In 1974, Mr Abdul Razak made his first visit to China and established the Sino-Malaysia relationship in 1974, making Malaysia the first Southeast Asian nation to establish formal relations with Communist China.

This will be Mr Najib's first trip to China since the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which had 153 Chinese nationals onboard.

But despite reports of heightened anti-Malaysian sentiment in China, Chinese officials said Mr Najib has nothing to worry about.

Gao Wei, first secretary of cultural office at the Chinese Embassy in Malaysia, said: “The anger or some doubts I would say have been misinterpreted. Any single incident won't affect the overall China-Malaysia relationship and both the government and people will definitely give him a grand reception.”

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