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People take pictures in front of a ‘Golden Bridge on Silk Road’ installation, set up ahead of the Belt and Road Forum, outside the National Convention Centre in Beijing May 11, 2017. — Reuters picPeople take pictures in front of a ‘Golden Bridge on Silk Road’ installation, set up ahead of the Belt and Road Forum, outside the National Convention Centre in Beijing May 11, 2017. — Reuters picBEIJING, May 12 — Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak arrived here today for a five-day working visit to China.

The aircraft carrying Najib and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, landed at the Beijing Capital International Airport at 4.15pm (same time in Malaysia).

Najib and Rosmah were received on arrival by Malaysia’s Ambassador to China Datuk Zainuddin Yahya, his wife Datin Fairos Ishak and senior Chinese officials.

Najib’s visit to China, his seventh since 2009, is at the invitation of China’s top leaders to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation on May 14 and 15.

On the flight from Malaysia, Najib made a brief stopover in Hangzhou where he met Alibaba Group founder and executive chairman Jack Ma and visited the headquarters of China’s largest e-commerce company.

Tomorrow, the prime minister is scheduled to have a four-eyed meeting with President Xi Jinping, followed by a delegation meeting, at the Great Hall of the People.

Najib will also hold discussions with Chinese premier Li Keqiang.

The two leaders will witness the signing of agreements between the two governments, among others involving the Malaysian International Trade and Industry Ministry, Transport Ministry, and Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry.

At the forum, Najib is scheduled to participate and share his views at a working luncheon and at the Leaders’ Roundtable Session to be chaired by President Xi.

Najib and Rosmah will return to Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday. — Bernama

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