Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (Photo: EPA/VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – China and Malaysia have reached a number of agreements which aim to bolster the bilateral ties during Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s visit to Beihing.

Addressing a joint press conference between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and his Malaysian counterpart at Beijing's Great Hall of the People on August 20, Li affirmed that his Government is ready to boost bilateral relations and economic cooperation with Malaysia.

The agreements reached during Mahathir's trip showed the two countries would remain friendly in the long term, he said.

For his part, Mahathir affirmed his visit had seen fruitful outcomes and expressed his belief that Beijing would look sympathetically towards the problems both sides have to resolve. He also said he hopes for renegotiation of agreements with China.

At the press conference, both leaders agreed to support free trade, saying it should be fair trade.

Mahathir’s August 17-21 visit to Beijing takes place in the context that the two countries’ relations have been strained since Mahathir returned to power in May and then suspended several Chinese projects approved by former Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Some days before arriving in Beijing, PM Mahathir declared that Malaysia wants to cancel a 20 billion USD East Coast Rail Link projects and two gas pipeline projects worth 2.3 billion USD funded by China.-VNA