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Chinese Embassy in Brunei Donated Books to University of Technology Brunei

On October 14, the Chinese Embassy in Brunei donated books to the University of Technology Brunei.The donation ceremony was held at UTB library, attended by more than 50 people including H.E.Chinese Ambassador to Brunei Mme.Yu Hong and Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Hjh Zohrah and assistant chancellors.

In her remarks Ambassador Yu Hong said China is both ancient and modern, with a resplendent history and civilization and strong scientific and technological strength at the same time. As a large country with a 5,000-year-old civilization, China has 53 world cultural heritage sites. China is also a country with great potential in scientific and technological development. It has become a major country in scientific technology and renovation with important international influence. A number of landmark achievements have been achieved. Since 2013, China’s investment in research and development has ranked second in the world in scale. The total number of personnel in scientific research and development and the number of invention patent applications have for consecutive years respectively ranked first in the world. China has made major achievements in manned space flight, quantum communication,deep-sea exploration and super-computers. China has started phase-three clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines which is one of the top runners in the world.

Ambassador Yu Hong said China and Brunei have a long history of exchanges. The two countries have helped and supported each other both in the fight against the epidemic and in economic development. Brunei has offered sincere assistance to China at its difficult time. After the outbreak of the epidemic in Brunei, China took an active part in Brunei's fight against the epidemic.In the economic field,Hengyi Industry, the largest joint venture between China and Brunei, started its full operation, which has extended Brunei's oil and gas industry chain, created new jobs and played a positive role in the efforts of achieving the goal of economic diversification. The Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Bridge, with China State Construction Engineering Corporation as a co-constructor, is a new symbol of Brunei's modernization. From January to August 2020, the bilateral trade volume reached US$1.26 billion, a year-on-year increase of 108.5%. The cooperation between the two countries in various fields enjoys a more promising future, and are providing more choices for Bruneian students.

Ambassador Yu Hong said With the growing China-Brunei friendship, UTB has developed closer exchanges with China. In the past few years, the Chinese Embassy has been promoting the exchanges of UTB with universities of China.Progress also has been made in the cooperation between UTB and the Chinese enterprises.In her remarks, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Hjh Zohrah thanked the Chinese Embassy for donating books to UTB, highlighted the friendship between Brunei and China and hoped to strengthen the cooperation and exchanges between UTB and Chinese universities and enterprises.

The 307 donated books and videos cover various aspects of China's economy, science and technology, literature, art and tourism.UTB designed the “Chinese Shelf”for the donated books.

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