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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 His Majesty's 75th Birthday

On the occasion of the 75th birthday of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, I wish to extend my warmest congratulations and best wishes to His Majesty.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Brunei. Over the past 30 years, under the guidance of the Chinese leaders and His Majesty, bilateral relations have been constantly consolidated and cooperation in various fields has yielded fruitful results. The friendship between the two countries has stood the test of time. During President Xi Jinping's state visit to Brunei in 2018, the bilateral relations were upgraded to Strategic Cooperative Partnership. His Majesty has visited China for 12 times. Heads of state of both countries have charted the development course for bilateral relations from a strategic perspective.

During the pandemic, the two countries showed sympathy and support to each other. Under the leadership of His Majesty, Brunei has achieved positive results in pandemic control and economic growth. The Sinopharm vaccines donated by China has played a positive role in the pandemic prevention and control of Brunei and is a testament to the sincere friendship between the two countries and the leaders. Although people-to-people exchanges have been affected by the pandemic, bilateral cooperation in various fields has maintained a positive momentum of growth, which is inspiring to see. China’s investment in Brunei covers a multitude of areas, which have not only contributed to the oil and gas downstream industries, improved port operation efficiency, and increased local employment, but also strongly supported Brunei’s efforts in achieving economic diversification, digital Brunei, and healthy Brunei.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China and the first year of the 14th Five-Year Plan and the Long-Range Objectives Through the Year 2035. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of China-ASEAN dialogue relations. As Brunei assumes the rotating chairmanship of ASEAN, China-Brunei relations stand at a new historical starting point. Taking the opportunity of the "Double 30" celebrations, we shall promote the synergies between China’s Long-Range Objectives Through the Year 2035 and Wawasan Brunei 2035, strengthen cooperation in promoting economic recovery and maintaining regional peace, stability and development, in order to scale our Strategic Cooperative Partnership and China-ASEAN cooperation to new heights.

May His Majesty enjoy good health and continued success. May Brunei Darussalam enjoy greater prosperity and its people happiness and well-being.

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