KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia - The Government is working to minimise any backlash in the country's tourism, trade and investment links with China.
International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said a Multi Economic Impact Committee had been formed to monitor immediate and long-term reactions as a result of the Flight MH370 incident and kidnapping of a China tourist in Sabah.
He said the committee, comprising representatives from his ministry, Treasury, Tourism Malaysia and Economic Planning Unit, would formulate strategies to protect Malaysia's close ties with China.
"The committee will work out various initiatives, including personal engagements and programmes, to ensure China continues to be an important partner with Malaysia," he said at the opening of his ministry's outreach programme here.
"At the moment, we have seen some impact on tourism arrivals but we have not noticed anything significant yet in terms of China's trade and investments in Malaysia," he said.
The minister believed that Malaysia's 40-year diplomatic ties with China would help overcome temporary setbacks in bilateral relations.