Students learn more about China as books donated to school

James Kon

The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Brunei Darussalam donated 202 books to Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB) School on Thursday, to foster a better understanding of China’s rich culture and history among Bruneians, especially students.

The books cover different facets of China’s development, such as economy, science and technology, literature, art and tourism.

Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong presented the books to YSHHB School Chief Executive Officer Mohamed Fliti Abdel Majed.

In her welcoming remarks, Yu Hong said, “China has been making positive progress in education, science and technology with increasing research ability, and research and development input. World-renowned achievements have been made in major scientific research projects such as the successful launch of the core module Tianhe into space, the successful Mars landing of Tianwen-1 and the accomplished mission of the Chang’e-5 lunar probe, as well as the Beidou Navigation Satellite System, deep-sea manned submersible and quantum computers.”

She added, “This year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Brunei. The two countries have not only a long history of friendly exchanges, but also close practical cooperation.

“Over the past 30 years, bilateral relations have developed constantly and stood the test of time.

“During President Xi Jinping’s visit to Brunei in 2018, bilateral relations were upgraded to Strategic Cooperative Partnership.His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzadin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, has visited China or attended international conferences in China 12 times. The two heads of state have charted the course for the development of bilateral relations from a strategic perspective.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the envoy said, “China and Brunei have extended sympathy and support to each other, and written a new chapter in our joint fight against the epidemic”, adding that China donated 52,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine to Brunei, which was “welcomed by the people of Brunei and has contributed to Brunei’s vaccination programme”.

ABOVE & BELOW: Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong presents the books to Chief Executive Officer of YSHHB School Mohamed Fliti Abdel Majed; and the ambassador in a group photo with students. PHOTOS: JAMES KON