Chile and Malaysia established diplomatic relations in 1979. The Resident Embassy of Chile in Malaysia was opened in 1989.
There is a precedent of great importance in the bilateral relations, namely the huge convergence of political interests that existed in the early 90s between the two governments on Pacific Basin matters (PBEC, PECC), Non Aligned Movement, emerging economies, South-South Cooperation, and especially in Malaysia's strong support to Chile's entry into APEC.
The first Ambassador of Chile in this country was Mr. Jaime Lagos E., from 1990 to 1994. Since then, Ambassadors to Malaysia have been Mr. Octavio Errázuriz G. (1994-1997), Mr. Pedro Undurraga (1997-2000), Mr. Roberto Ibarra (2000-2004) and Mr. Patricio Torres (2004-July 08). The current Ambassador of Chile to Malaysia is Mr. José Manuel Ovalle B.
The economic-commercial relationship outstood since the early 90s for its dynamism in promoting South-South cooperation effectively through mutual investment. Thus, Malaysia created the "Malaysia South South Corp." (MASSCORP) and became the first Southeast Asian country to set up a regional hub for South America in Santiago, with the purchase of Tajamar Building (US$ 7 million), the promotion of Malaysia-South America air route and the joint participation with Chilean entrepreneurs in infrastructure projects in Chile, Argentina and Colombia. Chile, meanwhile, developed joint ventures in shipbuilding through ASMAR (a tanker and two tugboats were built in Kuching) and set up another in safety footwear industries with Malaysia in this country and others in the region. Also, the first Malaysian cars (Proton Saga) were exported to Chile. The process of commercial economic approach has also demonstrated the utility of legal mechanisms to resolve differences over business matters, reinforcing the climate of confidence, which is reflected in the mutual interest in signing a FTA. Trading now exceeds US$ 240 million.
Chilean authorities to Malaysia:
Visits from Malaysian authorities to Chile: