CGTN – Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi yesterday met his ASEAN counterparts in southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality for a Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Dialogue Relations.
Wang said China wants to continue jointly constructing the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) with Brunei, hoping to deepen ties in sectors including energy, 5G network and the digital economy.
He made the remarks when meeting with visiting Minister of Foreign Affairs II Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof.
Wang first spoke highly of Brunei’s role – as rotating chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year – in pushing forward the relationship between China and ASEAN, and deepening regional COVID-19 prevention efforts.
Describing Brunei as China’s “good friend and partner”, Wang vowed to maintain the “healthy-growing” momentum of the bilateral strategic cooperative partnership.
The year 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of China and Brunei establishing diplomatic relations, and Wang hailed the positive growth in trade during the pandemic.
China and Brunei saw their bilateral trade volume rise 72.5 per cent last year, ranking top among China’s ASEAN partners. That shows the great tenacity and complementary function of the two countries’ practical cooperation, Wang said.
Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan thanked China for its assistance in Brunei’s fight against the coronavirus and expressed willingness to strengthen dialogue with Beijing. The minister also congratulated China as this year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
As the rotating chair of the ASEAN this year, he added that the development in the relationship between ASEAN and China has made ASEAN countries “more attractive and competitive”.