Brunei-China relations going strong

James Kon

Cooperation between Macao and Brunei Darussalam is part of the development of China-Brunei relations. The cooperation between the two countries in the fields of political, economic, cultural and others is getting closer and closer.

In October, Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) resumed direct flights to Beijing. China-Brunei joint venture Hengyi Pulau Muara Besar (PMB) petrochemical project is now in smooth operation. The year 2020 is China-Brunei Tourism Year, and we are expecting more exchanges and cooperation.

Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong highlighted this at a reception to mark the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Macao’s return to China.

Held at The Rizqun International Hotel yesterday, the reception was also attended by Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Ong Tiong Oh and his spouse, Pehin Kapitan Lela Diraja Dato Paduka Goh King Chin and his spouse as well as members of the Diplomatic Corps and prominent figures in the local Chinese community

The ambassador said, “The land and population of Macao is not big, but it is a cosmopolitan city with a global vision. In September this year, a delegation from the Ministry of Commerce of China with businessmen from Macao visited Brunei Darussalam and held a joint mainland China-Macao investment promotion event in Brunei to explore opportunities for China-Brunei infrastructure cooperation.

Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Ong Tiong Oh and his spouse, Pehin Kapitan Lela Diraja Dato Paduka Goh King Chin and his spouse, with Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong and her spouse. PHOTO: JAMES KON

In March this year, she said, “The Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in the Macao Special Administrative Region invited the Brunei-Muara District Officer to visit Macao and Guangdong province to showcase development opportunities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

“Since its return to China 20 years ago, Macao has given full play to the advantages of ‘one country, two systems,’ adhered to the foundation of ‘one country,’ made good use of the benefits of ‘two systems.’ It has taken the initiative to integrate itself into the overall development of the country, and complemented and developed together with mainland China. Macao and mainland China benefitted from each other’s development with the links getting stronger and stronger,” she said.

The successful practice of ‘one country, two systems’ in Macao “has demonstrated that it is a workable solution welcomed by the people. ‘One country, two systems’ is a great initiative of socialism with Chinese characteristics and an important part of China’s national governance system.

“It is the basic principle of the Chinese Government in dealing with the affairs of Hong Kong and Macao, and an important system for the peaceful reunification of China. ‘One country, two systems’ is a holistic concept. The ‘one country’ is the premise and basis of the ‘two systems,’ and the ‘two systems’ is subordinate to and derived from ‘one country,” she said.

On December 20, “Macao will have its new Chief Executive, opening a new chapter in Macao’s development. The development plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area will greatly improve infrastructure connectivity among the three places and promote the establishment of an international science, technology and innovation centre,” the ambassador added.