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Remarks by Ambassador Yu Hong at the Awarding Ceremony of Chinese Scholarship in the Academic Year of 2019-2020

Your Honoable Minister of Education,Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman,

All the senior officials from Ministry of Education,

Representatives from UBD and UTB,

Recipients of Chinese scholarship this year and parents,

Representatives of students who studied in China,

Media friends,

Good afternoon!

It is my great pleasure to welcome you all for this Awarding Ceremony of Chinese Scholarship in the Academic Year of 2019/2020.I thank the Honorable Minister of Education Dato Haji Hamzah for attending the event. Congratulations to the 7 students who are granted Chinese government and Sun Yat-sen university scholarship. I congratulate you for your wise choice.I have five reasons to illustrate why choosing to study in China is wise.

First, China has a long and splendid history over 5,000 years, a vast land and beautiful scenery.You will find that China has both ancient civilization and a modern style.You can experience a colorful and vibrant life there.

Second,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.

Third, This year we celebrate the 28th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Brunei.In the new era, China-Brunei relations have developed rapidly. In 2018, Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a successful state visit to Brunei. Last April , His Majesty attended the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing. The bilateral relations now have come to a new point.In 2018, China-Brunei's trade volume grew by 86% , the growth rate ranking first among ASEAN countries.China has become Brunei's largest source of foreign tourists. Hengyi petrochemical project, the largest China-Brunei cooperative project, will bring Brunei's first large-scale petrochemical project .Brunei country pavillion has opened in one of the largest e-commerce platform in China, which showcase the products from Brunei.The close and deepening cooperation between the two countries in various fields provides an opportunity for you to return home after your studies.

Fourth, this year marks the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.Over the past 70 years, especially since the reform and opening up in 1978, China has gone through rapid economic growth.In terms of constant prices, GDP grew at an average annual rate of 9.4% from the year of 1979 to 2018, far higher than the world economy's average annual growth rate which is around 2.9% in the same period of time, contributing about 18% to world economic growth on average.Since 2010, China has been the world's second largest economy.In 2014, it became the second country in the world with an economy volume of more than $10 trillion.China's manufacturing output has been the world's largest for many years , accounting for 25% of the global total.China is in leading position in the field of high-speed train, supercomputers, microgrid, nuclear energy, quantum technology and artificial intelligence.China is the world's largest patent applicant country.Today, China is embracing the world with an open mind.The Belt and Road Initiative is received with positive response by more than 160 countries and region and international organizations all around the world.China appeals to build a community of shared future for mankind, actively participate in global governance, contribute China's wisdom and demonstrate its responsibility as a major country.You are just in the new era of China's booming development.

Last but not least, Asian countries are catching up in the education field.The quality of education in China is upgrading increasingly.By June 2019, there are 2,956 universities in mainland China, which have formed a high-quality and comprehensive disciplined education system and produced a number of landmark achievements with international influence. Among them, communication engineering, instrument science, civil engineering, ship and ocean engineering, remote sensing technology, metallurgical engineering, aerospace engineering, transportation engineering and other subjects ranked first in the world university academic subjects ranking.A total of 202 universities from the Chinese mainland have been listed in the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities , ranking second with a total of 1,700 times listed after US.In 2018, a total of 490,000 foreign students from 196 countries and regions studied in China.According to the 2019 global innovation index (GII) report, China's innovation strength and quality continue to improve.Beijing and Shenzhen-Hongkong are among the top 5 world innovation clusters.The total number of innovation clusters ranks second in the world, second to the US.

I hope the recipients of the Chinese scholarship will study hard in China, enrich your knowledge, increase your ability, abide by the Chinese laws and regulations of the university as well.I hope you will study Chinese hard.Learning Chinese will not only benefit you for your study and life in China, but more importantly, it will enable you to speak a language used by 1.4 billion of people, which will provide a bright future for your career.I hope you can make big progress in your studies and work for the development of Brunei and become promoters of China-Brunei friendship.

Thank you.

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