We are looking at the bottlenecks of our customs and bottlenecks of China’s custom,” added Liow.
As a sign of Malacca’s importance, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang squeezed several hours out of his tight schedule during last November’s Asean Summit in Kuala Lumpur to visit the city.
Under the port alliance, 10 Chinese ports – Dalian, Shanghai, Ningbo, Qinzhou, Guangzhou, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Shezhen, Hainan and Taicang will collaborate with six Malaysian ports – Port Klang, Malacca, Penang, Johor, Kuantan and Bintulu.
“All the ports under the port alliance are for commercial purposes,” Liow told the .
China’s 21st century Maritime Silk Road is just one element in Beijing’s drive to spread its trade ties and influence globally and Malaysia has become a major partner in this expansion.
As part of this Silk Road reboot, the two countries are forming a “port alliance” to fast-track trade by reducing customs bottlenecks at both ends, according to China’s top envoy to Malaysia, Huang Huikang.