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Chinese ambassador lauds bilateral ties

James Kon

The development of bilateral ties between Brunei Darussalam and China has shown strong momentum despite the challenges of the pandemic in bilateral exchanges.

This was said by Chinese Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong on Wednesday during the annual gathering with media at The Rizqun International Hotel.

Recounting bilateral achivements, she said, “This month, China State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Brunei’s Minister of Foreign Affairs II Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof again in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

“The two sides had an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations, regional and international issues of common interest.

“We appreciate the Brunei Government’s adherence to the One-China principle.

“China and Brunei have set an example of equality, mutual benefit and win-win cooperation between countries of different sizes.”

She added, “Bilateral economic and trade cooperation has been growing despite headwinds, with fruitful results from the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) cooperation.

Chinese Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong delivers her remarks. PHOTO: JAMES KON

”The BRI cooperation boosted economic, trade and investment between the two countries. In the first seven months of 2022, the bilateral trade volume has reached USD1.83 billion, up by 50 per cent year-on-year, and is expected to hit a new high this year.” The ambassador said, “The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) marked the launch of the largest free trade zone in terms of population and trade with the greatest development potential.

“As the members of RCEP, China and Brunei can not only further expand bilateral economic and trade cooperation, but also enjoy the dividends brought by closer economic and trade ties among RCEP members.”

She also touched on the field of education.

“We support Chinese enterprises in Brunei like Hengyi Industries’ cooperation with local and Chinese universities to cultivate local talent.

“Huawei Technologies (Brunei) Sdn Bhd helped Brunei students participate in the ‘Seeds for the Future’ programme and set up ICT Academy at Universiti Teknologi Brunei, contributing to talent training needed for Brunei’s development.”

The Chinese ambassador also spoke on China-ASEAN relations: “For more than half a year, China-ASEAN cooperation in various fields has yielded promising results and the strategic partnership has got off to a good start.”

She said the One-China principle which represents the consensus of the international community.

She added that more than 170 countries and international organisations, including Brunei and ASEAN, have reaffirmed their firm adherence to the One-China principle, respect for state sovereignty and territorial integrity, and objection to any interference in internal affairs.

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