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Congratulatory message from H.E. Yu Hong Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam on the occasion of Hari Raya Aidilfitri 1442H

On the occasion of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, on behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Brunei, I wish to extend the warmest congratulations and best wishes to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam as well as the people of Brunei Darussalam. Selamat Hari Raya.

China and Brunei enjoy a long history of friendly exchanges and the friendship between the two countries has stood the test of time. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, the two countries have shown sympathy and support to each other, and ushered in a new chapter of friendship. I sincerely congratulate the government and people of Brunei on your outstanding achievements in controlling the epidemic. I am glad to see that the Sinopharm vaccines donated by China have been administered in Brunei and I am proud of the positive role bilateral cooperation played in the prevention and control of the epidemic in Brunei.

In 2020, China and Brunei overcame great difficulties and became two of few countries that achieved positive economic growth amid COVID-19. Bilateral trade volume reached 1.91 billion US dollars, a year-on-year increase of 72.5%, ranking top-performer among ASEAN countries. Riding on the momentum, bilateral trade cooperation has seen a growth of 21.9% in the first quarter of this year.

Last month, President Xi Jinping, His Majesty the Sultan and other leaders attended the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2021 via video link (CGTN) . President Xi Jinping calls on all countries in Asia and beyond to answer the call of our times, defeat the pandemic through solidarity, strengthen global governance, and keep pursuing a community with a shared future for mankind. In his speech, His Majesty the Sultan looked forward to the deepening of ASEAN-China cooperation and the achievement of regional economic growth. At the beginning of this year, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Brunei, and jointly hosted the Second Meeting of the Joint Steering Committee between the People's Republic of China and Brunei Darussalam with Second Foreign Minister Dato Erywan. China actively supports Brunei in assuming the rotating chairmanship of ASEAN and hopes to continue to strengthen the bilateral and multilateral cooperation and jointly safeguard regional peace, stability and prosperity.

This year we celebrate together the 30th anniversary of the establishment of China-Brunei diplomatic relations . I am proud of the remarkable progress made since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Chinese Muslims are also celebrating Eid al-Fitr. On this important day, my best wishes go to His Majesty and the people of Brunei. May His Majesty enjoy good health. May the Bruneian people enjoy continued happiness and well-being. May the Chinese and Bruneian Muslim brothers and sisters enjoy a peaceful and blessed Hari Raya.

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