Logo competition marks 30 years of diplomatic ties

James Kon

Brunei Darussalam residents and Chinese citizens in the country stand a chance to win Huawei products in a logo competition commemorating the 30th anniversary of Brunei-China diplomatic relations.

Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong, Permanent Secretary (Politics and International Organisations) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Pengiran Norhashimah binti Pengiran Mohd Hassan and Deputy Permanent Secretary (Culture) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Dr Siti Norkhalbi binti Haji Wahsalfelah launched the competition yesterday.

Dr Siti Norkhalbi said, “Over the years, cultural cooperation and exchanges between the two countries have intensified and the integration of cultures clearly manifested at the community level. This contributed to a greater understanding between the people of both countries and forges a sense of togetherness among the people, deepening ties between Brunei and China.

“The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Brunei Darussalam and the MFA, in collaboration with the MCYS are organising the logo design competition to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Brunei and China, highlighting friendship and strategic cooperative partnership.”

She said, “The designs should be original of novel design, in picture form that is concise, bright and captures the theme prominently. The designs should be in PNG or JPG, printed on A3 size paper with a dimension of 1000×1000 pixel with 300PPI and file size of no more than 5MB.

The launching of the logo competition by Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong, Permanent Secretary (Politics and International Organisations) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pengiran Norhashimah binti Pengiran Mohd Hassan and Deputy Permanent Secretary (Culture) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Dr Siti Norkhalbi binti Haji Wahsalfelah. PHOTO: JAMES KON

“The designs should be accompanied by a detailed description of the logo including design concept, symbolic meaning of graphics and colours used, the author’s biography, photograph and contact details. Participants may be individuals or groups and there is no limit to the number of submissions. All entries shall remain the property of the organisers and are not returnable.”

The Chinese ambassador said, “Twenty-nine years ago, the then Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah and the then Vice-Premier and Foreign Minister of China Qian Qichen signed the Joint Communiqué on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and Brunei at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York. Under the strategic guidance of the two countries’ leaders and the comprehensive support of the people on both sides, the bilateral relationship had enjoyed a rapid development. The year 2013 witnessed the establishment of a strategic partnership, which was upgraded to a strategic cooperative partnership in 2018.

“There were frequent high-level visits between the two sides. 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 visited China 12 times and both the president and the premier of China paid multiple visits to Brunei. The visit of the State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe that concluded earlier in September helped enhanced cooperation between both countries. We set up Joint Intergovernmental Steering Committee and mechanism of exchanges in several fields such as political and economic consultations which promoted pragmatic cooperation that continuously achieves new results.

“The year 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Brunei. Thirty years is important to the Chinese people, it means steadily moving towards the goal and approaching maturity. The multitude of challenges facing today’s world is vastly different from 30 years ago.

“At present, the world is battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, peace and development remain the underlying trend of the times and people everywhere crave even more strongly for peace, development and win-win cooperation. The new era calls for unity and collective action to cope with global challenges, commitment to multilateralism and international order, and joint efforts to maintain world peace, stability and development. In this regard, China and Brunei set a good example of relations between countries of different sizes based on equality and mutual benefit for common development. China will continue working with Brunei to jointly assume responsibilities, fulfil mission and address challenges.”

The best logo design will be jointly selected by the organisers and used in the celebration next year. Chinese and Brunei residents, especially youth and students, are welcome to participate.

The registration form can be downloaded from www.kkbs.gov.bn and www.facebook.com/Chinaembbn. The designs should be submitted in soft copy and hard copy. The soft copy should be emailed to [email protected] and [email protected] The hard copy of the registration form and designs should be submitted to Level 5, Culture and the Arts Section, MCYS.

The deadline for submission is 3pm on November 19.