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Hishammuddin said the committee will be chaired by himself and China Defence Minister General Chang Wanquan. — Picture by Kamles Kumar Hishammuddin said the committee will be chaired by himself and China Defence Minister General Chang Wanquan. — Picture by Kamles Kumar KUALA LUMPUR, March 29 — A highest-level committee between Malaysia and China will be formed soon to strengthen defence relations among the two countries, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein here.

He said the setting up of the committee, which would be chaired by him and China Defence Minister General Chang Wanquan, was necessary to institutionalise bilateral relations between Malaysia and China.

“The committee will have certain working groups, such as education and training, exchange of information, apart from current issues, like the Daesh threat,” he said after a meeting with Vice-Chairman of the Central Military Commission of China, General Xu Qiliang, at the Defence Ministry here today.

On the meeting, he said they discussed, among others, issues on South China Sea, Daesh threat and North Korea, but declined to elaborate the matter.

In another development, Hishammuddin said the ministry had yet to decide on the purchase of the France-made multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA), Rafale.

“We are still discussing and considering. There are other suggestions and we have to look into them whether they can help to build our country’s defence industry,” he added. — Bernama

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