An Ilyushin IL-76 military transport aircraft of China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force carrying medical supplies to help Brunei Darussalam curb the spread of COVID-19 landed at the Air Movement Centre (AMC) of the Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF) in Rimba Air Base, on Tuesday.
The Chinese military aircraft brought 128 boxes of medical supplies including lab and thermal screening equipment such as test kits and ventilator support equipment, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and protection products such as Jupiter suit, sanitisers and disinfectants.
The supplies were handed over by the People’s Republic of China Defence Attaché to Brunei Darussalam Senior Colonel Li Jianzhong to Commander Task Force Support (TFS) COVID-19 of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Colonel (U) Pengiran Haji Mohd Hasreen bin Pengiran Haji Ali Hassan.
On behalf of the Minister of Defence II and the Commander of RBAF, Colonel (U) Pengiran Haji Mohd Hasreen expressed his appreciation for the contribution and hoped that this will strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries.
The Ministry of National Defence of the People’s Republic of China has offered assistance to ASEAN member states for countering COVID-19 by delivering supplies and medical experts.
According to a statement from the Chinese Embassy in Brunei Darussalam, China and Brunei are friendly neighbours and strategic partners of cooperation.
During China’s epidemic prevention and control period, Brunei has extended support to China. His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam had sent letters of condolences to President Xi Jinping and Premier of the State Council Li Keqiang. The Government of Brunei Darussalam had also donated half a million US dollars to Hubei Charity Federation.
The Chinese central government, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Government and Nanjing City Government donated medical supplies to the Government of Brunei Darussalam following the COVID-19 outbreak in the Sultanate.
The Chinese Embassy in Brunei Darussalam contributed to the Brunei COVID-19 Relief Fund while over 12 Chinese enterprises in the country has donated funds or medical supplies to the Brunei Government with value of over USD1.3 million.
Meanwhile, Minister of National Defence of the People’s Republic of China Wei Fenghe wrote a letter to Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof expressing the willingness to provide assistance to Brunei within China’s capacity.