China-Brunei ties boost economic, social development

James Kon

China-Brunei cooperation has played a positive role in Brunei’s economic and social development.

This was said by Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong at the opening ceremony of the China Day event at the Indoor Stadium yesterday.

She continued, “Hengyi Industry has achieved new breakthroughs in extending the downstream oil and gas industry chain of Brunei, and at the same time increased local employment and expanded local talent pool of petrochemical professionals.

“The Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien (SHOAS) Bridge, co-constructed by China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC), has greatly facilitated the connection between Temburong and the Brunei-Muara districts, and has become a new symbol of Brunei’s modernisation.”

Chinese drum performances, traditional Chinese dances, wushu and a panda dance marked the start of the first-of-its-kind China Day.

The special event held in conjunction with Brunei-China Year of Tourism 2020 and Brunei December Festival 2020, was officially launched by Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Wadood Bolkiah bin Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz and spouse Pengiran Seti Aminah binti Pengiran Othman; Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong; Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin; and the Chinese Ambassador.

The China Day was officially launched by Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Wadood Bolkiah bin Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz and Pengiran Seti Aminah binti Pengiran Othman; Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong; Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin; and Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong yesterday
Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Wadood Bolkiah bin Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz and Pengiran Seti Aminah binti Pengiran Othman tour the exhibit. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR
Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong and Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin tour the exhibit, accompanied by Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong
A performance during the event

The two-day event is hosted by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Brunei Darussalam and organised by the Brunei-China Friendship Association, supported by the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism and Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

According to the ambassador, China Day is a cultural carnival full of Chinese colours and tastes, prepared and ready in a short time.

“The visitors will not only be able to try traditional Chinese calligraphy but also enjoy the tea ceremony, Chinese chess, songs and dances, martial arts and guzheng as well as Chinese delicacies.”

“Tomorrow there will be a taijiquan display with 2,020 people from all four districts participating. Initiated by MPRT, the event is particularly relevant in the context of the fight against the epidemic and the recent inscription of taijiquan on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO),” she said.

She said China has a long history and splendid culture.

“Chinese civilisation, which has stretched for thousands of years, has shown extremely high openness and inclusiveness. Not only is it the result of ethnic integration in Chinese history, but also the product of exchanges with other countries,” the envoy said.

Highlighting the strong bilateral relationship between both countries, she said, “China and Brunei have a long history of friendship and the Silk Road recorded the history of exchanges and mutual learning between our two countries. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, bilateral cooperation in various fields has continued to expand. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 this year, the governments and people of the two countries have shown concern and support for each other, with mutual trust further enhanced and friendship deepened.”

The China-Brunei friendship calls for the support of the people of the two countries. Culture is a bridge that connects hearts and emotions between people, a bond that deepens understanding and trust between countries.

As such, the ambassador said, “I hope ‘China Day’ helps Bruneians feel more about China, know more about China, participate and support the cooperation and friendship between China and Brunei.”

She said next year, China will embark on the new journey of building a modern socialist country, set its long-range objectives through Year 2035 and start the 14th Five-Year Plan.

Next year will also mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Brunei as well as the 30th anniversary of China-ASEAN dialogue partnership.

China stands ready to work together with Brunei to strengthen cooperation and join hands on the road to achieve the Long-Range Objectives through Year 2035 and Brunei Vision 2035, the ambassador said.

Following the launch, Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Wadood Bolkiah and Pengiran Seti Aminah, joined by Cabinet Ministers toured the exhibitions featuring calligraphy, music demo, making knick-knacks and a virtual reality game at Huawei Brunei as well as exhibitions from Hengyi Group, Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited, Muara Port Company, and CSCEC.