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Malaysian minister arrives to mend fences
By Qin Jize and Sun Xiaohua (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-12-06 05:52

Malaysia's home minister held three sets of talks with Chinese governmental officials as soon as he touched down in Beijing yesterday, in an attempt to bolster his country's reputation after the recent outcry over alleged abuses of Chinese women by local police.

Azmi Khalid, who was asked by Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to make the urgent trip, began the weeklong visit two weeks ahead of schedule.

A combination of video grabs from a mobile phone video clip shows a young Chinese woman after she was stripped at a police station in Malaysia. [Reuters]
Khalid met with officials from the ministries of foreign affairs, public security and Chinese National Tourism Administration, but no details were immediately available, according to sources with the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing.

Assistant Foreign Minister Shen Guofang reiterated China's stance on the recent mistreatment of Chinese nationals, urging the Malaysian Government to take urgent measures to investigate the cases and punish those involved.

He said he hopes that such incidents do not happen again.

The delegation, composed of 16 people including immigration and tourism officials, will stay in Beijing until tomorrow, and then go to Shanghai and Guangzhou to meet local officials.

They are expected to discuss with embassy staff issues of immigration and image promotion, among others. They are also planning to meet Chinese travel writers, tour operators and advertisers.
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