KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 1 —Malaysia and China relations marked another milestone as both countries have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to film an epic biographical series of historical figure Cheng Ho, taking the People-to-People Bond under Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to another level while preparing for Malaysia – China Cultural Tourism Year 2020.

Involving a budget of RM178 million, ‘The Cheng Ho Series’, is the first ever Malaysia –China large scale epic series since the establishment of diplomatic ties 45 years ago and it reflects the strong bond between both countries.

In a statement by China International Culture and Artistic Centre (CICAC), stories of Cheng Ho are commonly known through books but rarely presented in the format of series, hence, the viewers will have the opportunity to know Cheng Ho himself in ways like never before.

To be released in 2021, 60 per cent of the series will be filmed in Malaysia, particularly in Melaka and Johor Bahru with crew members originating from both countries.

The series also involves key entities of China such as Publicity Department of the Central Committee of China (CCPPD), State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television of the People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT) and China Central Television (CCTV) which reflects the series’ significance and the anticipation of Chinese officials.

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