Both countries have come together to combat COVID-19: Envoy

James Kon

Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong lauded 2020 as an extraordinary year where the people of both countries have come together to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“2020 is a year of continuous progress of cooperation in various fields between the two countries. At the beginning of the year, both countries successfully held the first meeting of the inaugural meeting of the Joint Steering Committee between China and Brunei Darussalam co-chaired in Beijing by Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Brunei Darussalam’s Minister of Foreign Affairs II Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof,” she said in her welcoming remarks during the official swearing-in ceremony for the Brunei-China Friendship Association’s new executive committee for the term 2021-2023 at The Rizqun International Hotel yesterday.

“In September, Chinese State Councilor and Defence Minister Wei Fenghe visited Brunei. From January to November 2020, the bilateral trade volume between China and Brunei has reached USD1.72 billion, a year-on-year increase of 104.1 per cent. China’s imports from Brunei increased by 415.2 per cent, ranking first among ASEAN member countries in trade with China. The Hengyi Petrochemical and Pulau Muara Besar projects have played an active role in Brunei’s economic and social development,” the envoy said.

The Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Bridge, she said, “built by China Construction Engineering Corporation, was completed and opened to traffic, becoming a new symbol of Brunei’s modernisation. The two countries have also expanded cooperation in the fields of digital economy and medical and health”.

The Chinese Ambassador said China will start its 14th installation of the five-year development plan as well as the implementation of the 2035 long-term objectives this year.

She believed that the implementation of the 2035 long-term objectives will be realised together with Brunei Vision 2035.