KOTA KINABALU: The new Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Kota Kinabalu arrived here recently.
Chen Peijie was greeted by Assistant Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Pang Yuk Ming, local Chinese community leaders and independent school students at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport.
She expressed enthusiam on her posting here saying the kindness of the welcome augers well for her future and in her stay in Sabah.
The 52 year old Consul was formerly an attache and third secretary, deputy division chief and first secretary in the Department of Treaty and Law in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“My friends, the story of Admiral Zheng He who sailed to this part of the world 600 years ago has been known to every household in Malaysia. Last year, we have celebrated the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Just as President Xi Jinping pointed out, ‘Malaysia and China are good neighbor across the sea, heartfelt friends, and great partners in amity’,” said Chen.
“Chinese nationals and overseas Chinese have mediated the expansion of bilateral trades in order to consolidate the friendship ties. Chinese enterprises have also invested in Sabah and Labuan, promoting the pragmatic cooperation. And Chinese students have studied diligently here and projected the images of ‘unofficial ambassador’ and all of them have contributed a lot to improving China-Malaysia friendship ties.”
“My colleagues and I will work hard to ensure that friendship and understanding as well as cooperation between China and Malaysia are strengthened,” she stressed.
Also present were Christopher Lingam, the acting protocol director of the Ceremonials and Protocol Division of the Chief Minister’s Department and Dr Oh Ei Sun, the president of Malaysia-China Friendship Association Sabah.
Before the posting to Kota Kinabalu, Chen had served as a first secretary in the Commissioner of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of P. R. China in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000-2003; 2003-2006 first secretary and division director, Department of Treaty and Law, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; 2006-2009 counselor, Permanent Mission of P. R. China to the United Nations; 2009-2011 counselor Permanent Mission of P. R. China to the United Nations and other international organizations in Vienna and 2011-2014
counselor and deputy director-general, Department of Treaty and Law, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.-By Bosco Wong/Sayangsabah.