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Ambassador Yu Hong's Remarks at the Awarding and Exhibition Launching Ceremony of "Beauty of China " Painting Competition

Your Honorable Deputy Minister of Education,Datin Seri Paduka Dr. Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh,

Teachers and parents of the students,

Boys and girls,

Media friends and distinguished Guests,

Good morning!

It gives me great pleasure to have all of you today for the the Awarding and Exhibition Launching Ceremony of “Beauty of China ” Painting Competition. I extend my special thanks to Datin Dr. Hajah Romaizah for attending this event. I would also like to thank the officials from the Ministry of Education, for your strong support to make this event happen. I also thank the participating schools and the parents of the students for your support and encouragement and cooperation and the judges for your valuable comments. Of course, I would like to thank every kids who participated in the painting competition, who not only showing your painting talents but also knowledge about China.

There were more than 400 participants from 19 primary schools. After careful selection by the judges, 70 winning works were selected, including two special awards, three first prizes, five second prizes, 10 third prizes and 50 encouragement awards. From your paintings on display we find beauty of China in children`s eyes which are pure, simple and beautiful. The paintings are colorful, vivid and full of imagination. The Great Wall, the ancient pagoda, the giant dragon and the panda are all symbolic elements of China. We are able to see the beauty of China through the paintings and touch the Chinese Culture under the future young artists’ brushes . I like your paintings very much!

China and Brunei facing each other across the sea, are good neighbors sharing a long history of exchanges and traditional friendship. Jalan Ong Sum Ping and Pu Kung Chih Mu in Bandar Seri Begawan and the Tomb of the King of Boni in China's Nanjing city witnessed the long history of friendly interactions between our two countries. In the past few years, China-Brunei relations have developed rapidly. In 2018, Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a successful visit to Brunei. Last April , His Majesty attended the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing. Our relations now have come to a new point.

The friendly cooperation between countries requires people`s support and participants. The purpose of holding this "Beauty of China" painting competition is to promote China among children. We hope children in Brunei know more about China, understand more about China, like China, and become supporters of China-Brunei friendship. China has vast territory, beautiful scenery, splendid culture and friendly people. You are welcome to travel to China and experience China by yourself. We do hope to see you again in the future events related with China.

Thank you.

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