China supports Brunei in assuming the rotating Chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and hopes to work with Brunei to upgrade China-ASEAN relations, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian informed on Friday.

Zhao made the remarks when answering a question about the Chinese State Councilor & Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Brunei.

Sultan Bolkiah with FM Wang Yi
Photo: ( January 14, 2021) Brunei’s Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah with Chinese State Councilor & Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Bandar Seri Begawan – Brunei.

During his visit, Chinese State Councilor & Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Brunei’s Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and held talks with Haji Erywan, Brunei’s Second Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Haji Mohd Amin Liew, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy, jointly met the press and co-chaired the second meeting of the China-Brunei intergovernmental joint steering committee. Wang also met with ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi.

The Chinese and the Bruneian sides announced that they will launch an energy cooperation working group within the framework of the China-Brunei intergovernmental joint steering committee, and maintain communication on establishing a maritime cooperation working group at an early date, to jointly promote cooperation in the related fields.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Brunei and the 30th anniversary of the dialogue relations between China and the ASEAN, which also coincides with Brunei’s assumption of the rotating chair of ASEAN. Taking the opportunity of the two anniversaries, China is ready to work with Brunei to align China’s Long-Range Objectives Through the Year 2035 with Brunei’s national vision, the Wawasan 2035.

By focusing on the two themes of fighting the pandemic and development, the two sides should map out cooperation at the bilateral and multilateral levels. Guided by the Belt & Road Initiative, the two sides should upgrade cooperation in all fields to bring greater benefits to the two countries and peoples.

China supports Brunei in assuming the rotating chairmanship of ASEAN, and hopes to work with Brunei to upgrade China-ASEAN relations, put into force the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement at an early date, build a China-ASEAN community of cybersecurity, advance cooperation in public health and forge a blue economy partnership.

Wang Yi pays official visits to Myanmar, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines from Jan 11 to 16.