Wang Yi meets with Brunei’s Second Foreign Minister Erywan bin Pehin Yusof
On June 7, 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Brunei’s Second Foreign Minister Erywan bin Pehin Yusof, the rotating chairman of ASEAN, in the city of Chongqing.
Wang Yi invited Erywan to participate in the special meeting of foreign ministers of ASEAN and China on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of dialogue relations in China. He congratulated Brunei, who this year holds the rotating ASEAN presidency, for playing an active and essential role in promoting the development of China-ASEAN relations and cooperation in East Asia and for deepening cooperation. region in the fight against the pandemic and development research.
According to Wang Yi, as this year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Brunei, the two countries have launched a series of celebrations. China is about to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and embark on a new journey towards the complete construction of a modern socialist country. Neighboring countries, including Brunei, have always been good friends and partners of China in China’s development process. In this important year, China is willing to continue the traditional friendship with Brunei, deepen cooperation in the battle against COVID-19, engage in high-quality “Belt and Road” cooperation and enable the strategic partnership between China and Brunei to maintain a healthy development dynamic.
Noting that the two countries have recorded positive domestic economic growth and a sharp increase in the volume of bilateral trade despite the disruption caused by the virus, Wang Yi said, this demonstrates the great resilience and complementary advantages of the practical cooperation between the two. country. It is important to continue to play the leading role of the Guangxi-Brunei Economic Corridor and the Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd Oil and Petrochemical Refinery Project, and to consolidate the status of “hub” of the Brunei Darussalam Growth Zone- Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN (BIMP -EAGA). It is hoped that the two sides will continuously deepen their cooperation in the fields of energy, local communities, 5G, e-commerce, artificial intelligence and big data applications, among others, and create new areas of growth for practical cooperation between the two countries.
Erywan congratulated the CPC on the 100th anniversary of its founding and China on the 50th anniversary of the restoration of its legal seat at the United Nations, and thanked China for its invaluable support in Brunei’s fight against the novel coronavirus. Erywan said this year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Brunei and China and also the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-China dialogue relations. The development of China-ASEAN relations has made ASEAN countries more attractive and competitive. As the rotating chairman of ASEAN, Brunei is willing to continue to play an active role, strengthen communication and coordination with China, share China’s development experience, and further improve the quality and the level of ASEAN-China cooperation.
Erywan presented his recent visit to Myanmar. Wang Yi said that on the whole, China and ASEAN share roughly the same position and views on Myanmar. We are ready to act continuously in coordination with ASEAN and jointly promote all parties in Myanmar to make the interests of the people their top priority, maintain calm and restraint and eliminate all types of violence; jointly encourage all parties in Myanmar to conduct political dialogue and drive change towards democracy constantly forward within the framework of the constitution and legal framework; jointly provide anti-pandemic assistance to Myanmar to prevent the virus from spreading and spiraling out of control there; jointly support Myanmar’s economic recovery and improvement of people’s livelihoods in order to protect the rights and interests of the people; and jointly urge all countries to respect the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations in order to avoid unilateral sanctions and inappropriate interventions.
Erywan said ASEAN appreciates and supports China to continue to play an important and constructive role in the Myanmar issue, and is willing to strengthen coordination and initiate cooperation with China in the aforementioned area.