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Prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has said that China has reaffirmed its interest in participating in the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail (HSR) project, according to Bernama.

The premier added that the Malaysian government will consider China’s interest through an international tender process. “Both sides have agreed to continue to facilitate the coordinated development of the two countries’ industrial twin parks project and jointly explore the opportunities of promoting cooperation in the priority areas,” he said at a joint press conference with Chinese prime minister Li Keqiang.

“These include rail transportation, shipbuilding, information, communications and technology, power generation and iron and steel manufacturing.”

Najib previously said that the government would continue negotiations with Singapore over the high-speed rail project, during the tabling of Budget 2016 last month. China will be facing stiff competition from Japan, South Korea and France, who are also interested in the planned 350 km project – expected to cut travel time between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore down to just 90 minutes.