On November 22nd, 2016, H.E. Yang Jian, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam, made remarks at the Opening Ceremony of the Joint Art Exhibition Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of China-Brunei Diplomatic Relations. Following is the full text:
22 Novermber 2016, Maritime Museum
Your Honorable Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports,
Your Excellencies, Ambassadors and High Commissioners,
Welcome you all to the opening ceremony of the Joint Art Exhibition commemorating the 25th anniversary of China-Brunei diplomatic relations. I'd like to express my appreciation first to Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof for gracing this event. And I would also like to express my gratitude to the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports of Brunei Darussalam and China Academy of Art. Without their support, it would be impossible for us to have this exhibition.
As a Chinese saying goes, “The first step is always difficult”. The exchanges in the field of art between China and Brunei have not been frequent over the past 25 years. The exhibition today could be regarded as an innovative step to promote the understanding between the two sides. From the 39 pieces of work by 13 artists of the two countries, we will see the impression of Brunei under Chinese artists’ brush and China’s landscape depicted by Bruneian artists.
Art is beyond language. Art has no boundary. For the Chinese artists, they had not come to Brunei before. As for the Bruneian artists, it was the first time for them to appreciate the mountains and waters of China. I believe that the artists were deeply impressed by the ethos of the other country. It is my hope that this exhibition will become a new beginning of the art exchanges between China and Brunei, and with more people-to-people exchanges, the friendship between our two peoples will be continuously promoted.
Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to express my respect and appreciation to the artists from both countries for their efforts and creativity.