| Danial Norjidi |
THE newly-appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China, Yang Jian, paid a courtesy call to prominent Chinese businessman Pehin Kapitan China Kornia Diraja Dato Paduka Lau Ah Kok yesterday.
During the courtesy call, which took place at Pehin Lau’s residence in Kg Manggis, the ambassador spoke with Pehin Lau on various topics, such as the business environment in Brunei.
Speaking at the meeting, Pehin Lau said, “Chinese and Malay people in Brunei are brothers. Under His Majesty’s leadership, Brunei has provided good opportunities for Malay and Chinese people to live and work together.”
Talking about her impression of Brunei Yang Jian, who first arrived in the country on January 18, said, “It is very peaceful. I can really feel the peacefulness, gentleness and kindness of the people here, and they are all so nice and friendly.”
Asked on what she hopes to achieve during her time here, she told the Bulletin that “China and Brunei have had very good relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties. These strong ties have been growing each year.
“During my tenure I will do my best to promote further cooperation,” she added. “I feel we have mutual trust and a lot of common interests, and I will do my very best to pursue that.”
Yesterday also saw Pehin Lau presenting the ambassador with a copy of his biography, which is an account of his beginnings and his journey into business.
Among those present during the courtesy call was Pehin Lau’s son, Lau How Teck and his personal assistant, Jay Choo Jun Lee.