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IN RESPONSE TO THE NEW YORK TIMES’S ARTICLE ENTITLED
“China Wants the World to Stay Silent on Muslim Camps. It’s Succeeding”
DATED 25 SEPTEMBER 2019
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia expresses serious displeasure at and disapproves of the article titled “China Wants the World to Stay Silent on Muslim Camps. It’s Succeeding” as published in the New York Times on 25 September 2019. That article claimed to have reviewed a report by a Malaysian diplomat.
The article does not reflect true and professional act of journalism. Instead, it appears to carry malicious intent.
The Ministry does not comment on the specifics of its internal communications, which are a matter of strict confidentiality. Those communications are not meant to be made public. Therefore, allusions that this report, or any other internal communications, was “buried” is inaccurate.
Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China enjoy warm, deep and abiding relations. The ties between the two close partners are not only economic and political, but also cultural and civilizational as well. These are manifested in our close ties at all levels, including people-to-people relations. It is only natural that ties as deep as these will certainly result in different perspectives from time to time. However, in the case of Malaysia – China relations, any differences will be resolved through dialogues and frank discussions in a manner that is respectful towards one another, bearing in mind the principles of equality, as well as mutual cooperation, interests and benefit.
2 October 2019