Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is making an official visit to Malaysia on August 1 to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.

This is his maiden visit to Malaysia after assuming the post of Foreign Minister in March 2013.

During the one-day visit, FM Wang is scheduled to call on Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and hold a bilateral meeting with his counterpart Anifah Aman on current bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.

According to the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the visit reflects the continuous importance China attaches to its relations with Malaysia and this will serve to cement the already strong ties that exist between the two countries.

It added that trade and economic cooperation remain a key aspect of bilateral relations while expanding cooperation between Malaysia and China in other areas such as culture, tourism, education, defence, law enforcement, science and technology and people-to-people contacts have also contributed significantly to the more vibrant and dynamic bilateral ties.

The ministry also said that Wang's visit to Malaysia represents a renewed commitment by the Chinese government in pursuing a broader approach in engaging Malaysia and the region as a whole.-VNA