(File pix) In a Parliamentary written reply, the Home Ministry said the Malaysia's bilateral relations with China had nothing to do with the communist ideology.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's bilateral relations with China focus purely on trade and investment, said the Home Ministry.

In a Parliamentary written reply, the ministry said the relations had nothing to do with the communist ideology.

The ministry stated that Malaysia focused on security issues which could affect its sovereignty and strategic interest, as in its relations with other countries.

It said the communist ideology of China was limited to the country's political and administrative system, hence posing no threat to Malaysia.

"Malaysia and China enjoy a close relationship and China is one of the largest and most important trading partners for Malaysia.

"China does not involve its communist ideology in its bilateral relations with other countries, including Malaysia," the ministry said.

Malaysia was only one of six countries invited to speak at the 19th Communist Party of China (CPC) national congress last month.

According to Umno Online, Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said he appreciated the close ties between Umno and CPC.

Formal relations between Malaysia and China started when former prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein met chairman Mao Zedong in Beijing on May 29, 1974.

Malaysia was also the first country in Asean to establish diplomatic ties with China.

The opposition had criticised the close ties between both countries, saying that China had previously supported the Malayan Communist Party which was waging a guerrilla warfare aimed at overthrowing the government.

Reports by ARFA YUNUS, BEATRICE NITA JAY and FERNANDO FONG

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