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M'sia to set up consulate office in Xi’an: Najib
Publication Date : 28-05-2014
Malaysia has decided to set up a consulate office in the capital of China's northwest Shaanxi province here, said Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak on Wednesday.
He said the office would be facilitating the issuance of visas that would help to increase the flow of visitors from this part of China to Malaysia.
"There is a lot of interests from the local population to visit Malaysia.
"We will submit our application to China (to establish the office)," he told Malaysian media after visiting the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses here.
It would be the fourth Malaysian consulate offices in China, after Shanghai, Kunming and Guangzhou.
Najib, his wife Rosmah Mansor and son Nor Ashman Mohd Najib spent about an hour at the museum learning about the terracotta sculptures, which were the funerary armies of the first Emperor of China Qin Shi Huang.
"I see for myself the richness of the Chinese civilisation," he said, adding that he was thrilled by the visit.
Earlier, Najib launched the Malaysia-Xi'an Halal Food Festival at the Muslim Street and paid a visit to the Great Mosque of Xi'an.
He said Xi'an could be a gateway for Malaysian halal products to venture into China with 12 million Muslims in and around the province.
On behalf of the Malaysian government, Najib also made a donation of US$10,000 to the mosque, which is the oldest mosque in China built about 1,300 years ago.
"It is a poignant reminder that Islam co-existed with other faiths in China for such a long time.
"Islam is a religion of peace and harmony. The fact that it continues to survive until today shows the degree of tolerance in Chinese society," he said.
Najib added that AirAsia would soon be flying to Xi'an from Kuala Lumpur four times a week, beginning July.
He departed for Beijing on Wednesday afternoon to continue his six-day visit to China.