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Ambassador Yu Hong's Remarks at the Awards Presentation and Exhibition Launching Ceremony of Painting Competition 2020

On Nov 24, Chinese Embassy in Brunei held Awarding and Exhibition Launching Ceremony of “We Are Together Fight Against COVID19 ” Painting Competition among Brunei primary school students in Bandar Seri Begawan. H.E.Ambassador Yu Hong delivered a remarks. The full text is as follows:


His Honorable Minister of Education,Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman,

High Officials from Ministry of Education,

Teachers and parents,boys and girls,friends from media,

Good morning.

This is the second year that the Chinese Embassy in Brunei collaborates with the Ministry of Education of Brunei to hold painting competition for primary school students. Standing here right now, I still clearly remember the moments when the awards presentation and exhibition launching ceremony held last year with the theme of the "Beauty of China". It gives me great pleasure to have all of you here today for the awards presentation and launching ceremony of the Painting Competition for the Bruneian primary school students, which themed this year as "WE ARE TOGETHER FIGHT AGAINST COVID19 ".

First of all, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Ministry of Education of Brunei Darussalam for the strong support to this event. I also take this opportunity to thank the schools, teacheres and parents of the participating students for your full cooperation. My heartfelt thanks also go to your Honorable Minister Dato Haji Hamzah for your continued support to this competition and attending this ceremony and presenting the awards to the children today, which I believe gives great encouragement to the participating schools and students, and to my Embassy as well.

This year we had 1022 students from 53 primary schools participated the competition. After careful selection by the judges, 30 works were selected, among them 2 special award winners, 3 first prize winners, 5 second prize winners, 8 third prize winners and 12 consolation award winners. I congratulate all the prize winning students and thank all the children for their active participation and efforts.

China and Brunei enjoy a traditional friendship of long history, and our joint fight against COVID-19 in 2020 has given new connotation to this friendship. Working together and supporting each other, We have overcome great difficulties with Kampong spirit. His Majesty sent messages to the Chinese leaders at China’s difficult time. HRH Princess Hajah Masna extended support and encouragement to China along with some cabinet ministers at my open-house event. The Bruneian Government, social organizations and people took the initiative to donate money for China's fight against the outbreak. Students from several schools in Brunei recorded videos voicing support for Wuhan,generating positive reactions and attracting extensive attention in China. Some had 690,000 views, with the largest 2.71 million hits. These videos, full of sympathy, care and support, have brought great warmth to, and are heartedly cherished by the Chinese people. After the first COVID-19 case was reported in Brunei, immediate donations and help from the central government of China, the military and the local governments of China, the Chinese Embassy and the Chinese companies both in China and in Brunei, joined the efforts of Bruneian government and its people in their fight. Assistance was also provided to Brunei in purchasing medical supplies in China.Through joint efforts in fighting against the epidemic, the friendship between China and Brunei has been further strengthened and hearts of our people have come even closer.

Brunei's response to the epidemic is praiseworthy.The government has taken scientific and decisive measures, and the people has been working closely with the government, forming the solidarity of the whole nation. Up to now,Brunei has been free of domestic cases over 200 days and obtained a commendable performance in economy, winning both the fights not only in epidemic prevention and control and economic development as well.

We should let the children know the friendship between China and Brunei.The children's work is the most vivid illustration of the friendship between China and Brunei. We live in the global village and it is also a community with a shared future. Only by working together can we have a better future.

Next year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Brunei. We are looking forward to continuing cooperation with the Ministry of Education, in holding a third painting competition and injecting more life into our friendship.

May China and Brunei enjoy an everlasting friendship. May the students have a happy holiday and hope to see you again in next year’s competition.

Thank you.

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