Tokyo, Feb. 7 (Jiji Press)–The governments of Japan and Malaysia will delay the creation of a cooperation framework for aircraft industry development, Japanese government sources told Jiji Press on Friday.
The postponement came after a Malaysian delegation canceled its trip to Singapore to ink an agreement on the framework, over fears of being infected by the new coronavirus spreading in Asia.
It is one of the first cases of the new virus outbreak, originating from China, affecting intergovernmental exchanges.
Japan’s industry ministry and Malaysia‘s Ministry of International Trade and Industry had planned to hold a meeting on Wednesday on the sidelines of Singapore Airshow 2020 to agree on setting up the bilateral cooperation framework for their aircraft parts makers.
The agreement was slated to be the first of its kind between Japan and another Asian nation.
The two governments will seek to launch the framework at a meeting in Malaysia as early as June. The Japanese government will send a delegation to Singapore Airshow as planned for discussions with other government authorities and corporations.