MANILA– China enjoys good relations with Malaysia and Australia and hopes to expand co-operation with both countries in all aspects in the future, says Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Wang made the remarks in the Philippine capital, Manila, Sunday during separate meetings with his Malaysian and Australian counterparts on the sidelines of a series of meetings involving the foreign ministers of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and their counterparts dialogue partner countries.

Wang said the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (B&R) is a historical opportunity for China and Malaysia to build better relations as some projects they agreed under the framework of B&R have made progress.

Wang said China will continue to encourage and support Chinese enterprises to invest in Malaysia and co-operate with Malaysian enterprises. China hopes to enhance co-operation with Malaysia in defence and law enforcement and other areas and help implement Malaysia’s East Coast Rail Link and other big projects smoothly, Wang added.

Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said taking China as a close friend, Malaysia appreciated and cherished its friendship with China. He also hoped to further strengthen Malaysia-China co-operation in every aspect and deal with any problem in bilateral relations properly.

When meeting Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Wang pointed out that Australia can be China’s lasting, stable and predictable partner as both of them belong to a big family of Asia-Pacific countries.

China is willing to expand co-operation in all areas that are beneficial to each other and make sure the China-Australia comprehensive strategic partnership can make improvements along a right track, he said.

Bishop said the Australia-China relationships had developed to a new level as the two countries are close partners in many aspects and have more interactions between their high-level officials recently.

She emphasized that Australia is committed to strengthening constructive co-operation and promoting free trade globally with China.