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Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Yu Hong at the Book Donation Ceremony at Seri Mulia Sarjana International School
2021/07/08

On July 7th, the Chinese Embassy in Brunei donated books to Seri Mulia Sarjana International Schoo. H.E.Chinese Ambassador Yu Hong delivered remarks.The full text is as follows:

Dr. Mary Lim, CEO of Seri Mulia Sarjana International School,

Ms.Chong Weemeng, principle of the school,

Dear teachers and students, freinds from media,

Good afternoon to everyone.

It is my pleasure to visit Seri Mulia Sarjana International School. On behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Brunei, I hereby donate 386 books to the school. These books are all introductions to China written in English, covering traditional culture, idiom stories, tales and fables, and learning Chinese language. I believe that these books will help teachers and students of the school to get to know and understand China better.

Schools are places for educating the younger generation and shoulder the important responsibility of cultivating talents for the society. Seri Mulia Sarjana International School is committed to the education ideals of “No Child Left Behind” and “Equipping students with 21st century learning skills”, which is highly consistent with the philosophy "education without discrimination" and "serve the country and benefit the society” that was advocated by Confucius, the great Chinese thinker from 2,500 years ago.

China and Brunei share a long history of exchanges and friendship. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Over the past 30 years, bilateral relations have developed continuously and stood the test of time. I’m sure the convenience and benefit that the China-Brunei cooperation has brought to the general public in Brunei is evident in day-to-day life. The Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine donated by China, the Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Bridge with a Chinese enterprise as a co-constructor, the BruHealth app developed by a Chinese company, and the Euro V (five) Standard gasoline produced by Hengyi Industries, a petrochemical joint venture between China and Brunei, are all fruitful results of the friendship and cooperation between our two countries.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC). On July 1st, China held a grand celebration. The fact that the CPC has grown from a small party of merely over 50 members to the largest ruling party in the world that has long remained in power, is a manifestation of the extensive public support the CPC enjoys in China. Over the past 100 years, the CPC has led the Chinese people to achieve national independence, people's happiness, and overall strength and prosperity. China has established the most comprehensive modern industrial system, lifted its people out of absolute poverty and made outstanding contributions to the global cause of poverty reduction. China has grown to be the world's second largest economy and the largest trading country in goods, contributing 30 percent to global economic growth on average every year. China stands ready to strengthen cooperation with all countries, and work towards the goal of building a great modern socialist country.

With the fast development and changes taking place in China, the importance of learning Chinese language has become increasingly prominent. By 2019, Chinese language has been incorporated into the basic education systems in 70 countries, and various forms of Chinese language teaching have been offered in more than 170 countries. I am very glad to know that the students of Seri Mulia Sarjana International School are also learning Chinese. This is a far-sighted decision of the school management. I hope that the students learn more about China and become the inheritors of China-Brunei friendship.

Thank you.

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