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Graphics: China-Malaysia deep cooperation over a half century


The 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Malaysia is celebrated this year. Over the half century, the two countries have deepened cooperation in areas such as trade and tourism.

Graphics: China-Malaysia deep cooperation over a half century

In 1974, China and Malaysia established formal diplomatic relations. The two countries established the China-Malaysia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in 2013. Last year, China and Malaysia reached an important consensus on jointly building a China-Malaysia community with a shared future.

China has been Malaysia's largest trading partner for 15 consecutive years. Malaysia was China's second largest trading partner in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its 10th largest trading partner in the world in 2023. Total trade between the two sides stood at $190.24 billion last year, with China's exports to Malaysia at $87.38 billion and China's imports from Malaysia totaling $102.86 billion.

China once again became Malaysia's largest source of tourists outside ASEAN last year, with 1.47 million Chinese tourists visiting Malaysia. Since December 1, 2023, China has implemented visa-free travel for Malaysia while Malaysia has removed visa requirements for Chinese travelers.

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