China and Brunei intensify the construction of the Belt and Road

Seetao 2022-04-21 11:44
  • Brunei is one of the first Southeast Asian countries to sign cooperation documents with China to build the Belt and Road Initiative
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Kalimantan is known for its endless rainforests and magnificent sunsets. Brunei, located in the northern part of the island, is known as the "Bright Pearl of Borneo". In recent years, the cooperation between China and Brunei has continued to deepen.

In November 2018, President Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Brunei and witnessed the signing of the Belt and Road cooperation plan between the two countries and the Sudan of Brunei, which opened the prelude to the all-round cooperation between the two sides in the new era. According to the consensus reached by the two heads of state, China and Singapore established an intergovernmental joint steering committee for the first time to plan practical cooperation in various fields. In 2021, the Chinese-language trade volume exceeded the US$2 billion mark for the first time, hitting a new high of US$2.85 billion. Brunei's high-quality shrimp chips, fruits and aquatic products appear on the Chinese table. A number of flagship cooperation projects such as Hengyi Petrochemical and Port of Mora have played an important role in realizing Brunei's economic diversification and have been supported and recognized by the Brunei government and people.

The anti-epidemic cooperation is real. After the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia, the Sultan of Brunei sent a letter of condolences to the Chinese leader, and the Brunei government donated US$500,000 to Hubei Province. Many Brunei people took the initiative to come to the Chinese Embassy in Brunei to donate money to support China's fight against the epidemic. China has repeatedly donated nucleic acid testing reagents, COVID-19 vaccines and medical equipment to Brunei, supporting Brunei in building the first Fire Eye Laboratory in Southeast Asia. The Chinese ambassador to Brunei said: A friend from Brunei sent me a text message, saying that "the vaccine donated by China is a timely help and solves Brunei's urgent needs". With the active support of the Chinese side, the "Spring Miao Action" has been rapidly implemented and advanced with high quality, providing an immune barrier for Chinese citizens in China. The friendship between the two peoples spanning thousands of years will become more and more splendid, which will help the two sides to get out of the haze of the epidemic as soon as possible, join hands in the future, and write a new chapter for regional cooperation. Keywords: One Belt One Road, One Belt One Road News, One Belt One Road Project

As a member of ASEAN, Brunei actively promotes cooperation between China and ASEAN. 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and ASEAN, and Brunei holds the rotating presidency of ASEAN. The two sides took the "Double 30th Anniversary" as an opportunity to promote the establishment of China-ASEAN comprehensive strategic partnership and open a new chapter in China-ASEAN relations. China and Brunei are committed to maintaining an open and inclusive regional cooperation framework and a peaceful and stable regional security environment.

The two sides are taking the entry into force of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement as an opportunity to expand new cooperation opportunities and jointly maintain and promote regional peace, stability and prosperity. In March 2020, the longest sea-crossing bridge in Southeast Asia, the Temburong Bridge, which was constructed by a Chinese company, was officially opened to traffic, realizing the century wish of the Brunei people. The bridge spans Brunei Bay and winds its way through the rainforest. It is believed that with the deepening of Chinese-language all-round cooperation, Brunei, the "Bright Pearl of Borneo", will become even brighter.Editor/XuNing