Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad will pay an official visit to China from Aug. 17 to 21 at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
Mahathir, born in the state of Kedah in northern Malaysia in 1925, was elected a member of the Dewan Rakyat, the House of Representatives, in 1964, and served as a senator in the Dewan Negara, the upper house of the Parliament of Malaysia, in 1973.
He once served as minister of education, deputy prime minister, and minister of international trade and industry of Malaysia.
From 1981 to 2003, Mahathir served as the country's prime minister.
In September 2016, Mahathir founded the Malaysian United Indigenous Party and assumed the role of honorary chairman. He led the party to join Pakatan Harapan in March 2017, and served as the honorary chairman of the coalition.
As the Pakatan Harapan coalition candidate, Mahathir won the 2018 general election and was elected as prime minister in May.
Mahathir has visited China several times. It is Mahathir's first visit to China following his re-election.