| James Kon |
OUTGOING Ambassador of China to Brunei Darussalam, Zheng Xianglin, yesterday called for the unity of local Chinese associations and for them to work hand in hand to build the community’s presence within the country.
The ambassador, who will be leaving Brunei on December 27, said that he hoped to send out the important message to the many local Chinese associations.
Zheng Xianglin, who has been to Ulu Temburong “more than 10 times”, also said he would miss “Brunei’s fresh air and abundance of nature”.
He recalled his first trip to Ulu Temburong, “It was just 10 days after I arrived in Brunei three years ago, I was invited to join a trip to Temburong. I was very excited and took so many pictures.
“The trip was unique, he explained. “We had to use a boat, and then walk a long distance just to get there.
“During every trip there, we would always enjoyed the beautiful natural surroundings.
“No matter how exhausted I was, I would always walk up to the canopy to enjoy the view.”
With regards to the relationship between Brunei and China, he said both countries are set to move on to a new level of trust.
“In order to reach new heights, we encourage cooperation. To build on the trust, we must have more exchanges, especially in terms of government to government, culture and military activities.”
He believed that with both nations on the verge of bolstering their relationship, bigger projects can be expected of Chinese investors.
Zheng Xianglin said he had laid a small foundation in Brunei that would bear fruits of success to both nations.
It is also learnt that Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd and Brunei Darussalam are set to officially launch the start of its project in the country.
He also highlighted that a number of capable Chinese enterprises have submitted tenders for the Temburong bridge, PMB bridge and airport renovation projects.
He also gave assurance that Hengyi’s project in Brunei would continue its operations despite irs Board Chairman Qiu Jianlin being embroiled in a corruption case of former senior energy official Liu Tienan.
Speaking on the Economic Corridor that was signed between Guangxi and Brunei in September, he said, “It’s a very timely project. Recently, a delegation from Guangxi arrived in Brunei to discuss areas of cooperation to pursue, such as agriculture, fisheries, ports and others, all of which have vast potential.”
To bid farewell to the local Chinese associations and prominent Chinese enterprises in Brunei, Zheng Xianglin hosted a farewell dinner yesterday.